Foreign national held for prostitution



PUNE: The social security cell of the Pune crime branch on Monday busted a prostitution racket involving a foreign national, who came to India on a tourist visa.

The police have arrested the 30-year-old Turkmenistan national with her agent from an apartment in a plush society in Kothrud. The agent Sachin alias Kunal Baburao Kubale ( 24) hails from Chandannagar. A team led by senior inspector Bhanupratap Barge made the arrests.

Barge said that the police received a tip-off that some foreign nationals were involved in alleged prostitution in the city. The police found an advertisement of an escort agency in the newspapers. “We contacted the given cell phone numbers through a decoy customer,” Barge said.

The person on the phone asked the customer to wait near Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagriha in Kothrud. “Our team and the decoy customer reached the spot on Monday evening. After waiting for half an hour, the customer again called the person, who asked him to come near a plush society near Guruganeshnagar,” Barge said.

Barge added that a youth came to the gate of the society and took the customer along with him. “Our team raided the flat after confirmation from the customer,” Barge said.

“The woman revealed that she came to India around five months ago and was staying in New Delhi. As she was in need of money, she contacted a person who told her that she would have to go to Pune to earn money,” Barge said.

Barge said that the person also kept her original passport and gave her a photocopy of the first page of the passport and the visa. “She came to Pune around three days back and was staying in the flat in Kothrud and was involved in alleged prostitution. The agent would give her half the amount he was charging from the customers,” Barge said.

Investigations have revealed that the duration of the visa of the suspect was from May 12 to November 12 this year. She also has multiple entry facility on her visa. The agent Kubale has revealed that he has been working for one John alias Jatin Chawda. Kubale used to identify the customers and Chawda used to pay him Rs 10,000 per month for his work.

Assistant police inspector of the social security cell Vimal Bidwe has lodged a complaint against the accused under the sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) with the Kothrud police station. The suspects were produced before the JMFC court on Tuesday and remanded to police custody till November 3.

Previous incidents

This is the third incident where a foreign national was arrested for alleged prostitution. In the year 2007, the then police inspector of the social security cell Rajendra Bhamre had arrested two Uzbekistan nationals for alleged prostitution from a plush society in Koregaon Park area. In the month of May this year, the social security cell again arrested five girls including one from Uzbekistan for alleged prostitution. Inspector Bhanupratap Barge and his team made the arrests from an apartment in a society at Koregaon Park.


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