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Former Mumbai bargirl caught in flesh trade

A FORMER bargirl from Mumbai was arrested for prostitution from a hotel near MP Nagar in the City on Sunday evening, police said. The pimp and a customer were caught red-handed.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:45 IST

A FORMER bargirl from Mumbai was arrested for prostitution from a hotel near MP Nagar in the City on Sunday evening, police said. The pimp and a customer were caught red-handed.

The ex-bargirl, 20-year-old Reema (name changed), told police that she hailed from Kolkata and had gone to Mumbai to escape poverty and earn a living.

She made a living by dancing at the Sonu Bar in Bandra but after the ban on dancing in bars, she took to flesh-trade. She was staying at Prince Hotel at Kasturba Nagar for the last eight or nine days, said Sunita, the Station Officer Mahila police station.

On the basis of a tip-off to Govindpura SO Salim Khan, the Mahila police were informed and a raid was conducted at the hotel. An ASI was sent as decoy and the deal was fixed at Rs 1,000 but he was asked to wait outside because a customer was in.

The decoy gave signalled the police and the team raided the room. Customer, Ajab Singh Chandravanshi, 29, a resident of Vidisha, who works in a private company, was caught red-handed with the girl. The pimp Parthasarthy Dutta alias Raju Bhai, 34, a native of Sehore, who has been staying in Mumbai for a long time, was also caught. The accused have been booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).

The police have recovered some cash, cell phone, a diary from her. She had reportedly come to Bhopal in the past as well. The trio is being interrogated. The police are quizzing Dutta about his links and the number of times he has brought girls for prostitution to Bhopal.

‘Being a bargirl was for livelihood’
THE FORMER bargirl told police that she has studied only up to Class VIII. As her father had died early and she had a mother and three sisters to support, she went to Mumbai in search of livelihood. She said she had been living in Mumbai for the last five years and she was able to earn good money in bars than anywhere else.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 14:45 IST