An online network of prostitution is running, apparently without any checks by the authorities. Popular social networking sites Facebook and YouTube are also being used as a via media. A number of websites and Facebook pages offer the service. HT investigated the claims and the modus operandi of these illegal gangs.
These online pimps promise to supply call-girls to customers on a phone call and on the condition that some advance is paid. Some dealers also offer the facility of providing a hotel room as well.
The racket is flourishing with different phone numbers provided for each district.
To check on the racket, this HT reported called at (+91) 9855441100). Here is how the conversation went.
HT reporter: I have seen your Facebook page. Will you provide the stuff?
Dealer: Yes, but where do you want it?
Reporter: In Mansa
Dealer: In Mansa? At home or in a hotel?
Reporter: At my home?
Dealer: It will cost you Rs 15,000.
The dealer then disconnects the phone and did not pick the reporter's calls the same day.
Next day, the reporter received a call and asked the date and time when the girl was to be provided.
The reporter asked for a discount, pretending as a college student. Then the dealer sent an e-mail to the reporter with the photograph of a girl. The dealer then asked for advance of Rs 5,000 to be deposited in an SBI account number 20055731233 of Amritsar, which HT found later belonged to one Avinash Kumar. This message was sent from a new mobile number +91 9872990018.
Over the course of his investigation, the reporter called up numbers like (+91) 9815727302; (+91) 8437511040 and received broadly the same deal. Similar services are also provided by 9915165818.
HT with help of MD and founder of and SecBreach IT Solutions Gagan Jattan found that initial e-mail of the dealer was sent from computer (ip;-10.194.219.1).
Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, deputy inspector general of police, state cyber crime cell, SAS Nagar, said: "We have received complaints in this regard and have identified the owner of these social sites. Action will soon be started against the internet sites."