4 held, 3 women rescued from prostitution ring

MumbaiFour persons were arrested by Mumbai Police Western Region Special Squad on Saturday morning for allegedly running a prostitution racket. The police also rescued three women, two Russians and an Indian, allegedly used by the accused to solicit clients.The suspects were identified as Parmeshwar Mandal (33) alias Raju Pudina, Kailash Sav (30), Shetlal Mandal (27) and Kishor Mandal (27). Raju was believed to be the mastermind of the racket. Officers said based on information that women were being brought to Juhu to solicit clients, teams were formed and a decoy was prepared. “We told the decoy to speak to Raju. We laid a trap outside Ajanta Hotel on Juhu-Tara Road at 3.30 am. At 4.45 am, a Santro and a Hyundai i10 pulled over and Raju got off one. The women were in the other car. As soon as a deal was struck with the decoy, Raju was arrested. We arrested the others who were part of the racket,” said Assistant Inspector of Police Manish Awale. Police said they recovered Rs 72,000 from the accused.

“We are also probing possibility of others being involved,” he added. “The accused have been booked under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). They will be presented in court. Our investigations are on,” said Awale.

7 held in Bangalore for flesh trade in two raids

In two raids, the narcotics wing of Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested seven persons on charges of flesh trade on Friday.

In the first incident, the CCB police raided a house in sector 7 of HSR Layout after getting a tip-off about a prostitution racket. Four persons were arrested in the raid. The police said that kingpin of the racket, Krishnamurthy, 63, had lured a couple of female artistes of Kannada TV industry into prostitution. Even his wife, Saroja, 50, was into flesh trade. The couple were arrested along with two women: Anitha, 35, and Deekshitha, 24.

The police said the couple used to charge Rs5,000-Rs10,000 from each customer. The police seized Rs4,000 and four mobile phones from the accused. The police are further investigating the case to nab other members of the gang. In another raid, the same team of police arrested three women from Ejipura, in Vivekanagar police limits, on charges of prostitution. All the three girls — Kajal, 23; Rubi, 22; and Reena Khatoon, 20 — are natives of West Bengal.The police said the two men behind the racket, Viji and Ramesh, managed to escape from the scene.

A team headed by joint commissioner of police (crime, east) B Dayanand and deputy commissioner of police DM Krishnamraju conducted the raid. The police said the arrested women had come to Bangalore in search of a job but ended up in flesh trade.

http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_7-held-in-bangalore-for-flesh-trade-in-two-raids_1643337

Trafficking racket busted, 4 held

MUMBAI: Four men-Parmeshwar Mandal alias Raju Pudina (33), Kailash Sav (30), Shetlal Mandal (27) and Kishor Mandal (27)-were arrested by the west region special squad police early on Saturday for allegedly running a prostitution racket in the suburbs.Officers rescued three women who were allegedly being used by the accused to solicit clients. Of the women rescued, two are Russian citizens while the third is Indian. The accused have been identified as . While Raju resided in Santa Cruz, the other accused are residents of Juhu.

Officers said Raju was the mastermind. The squad had received specific information that women were being brought to Juhu to solicit clients. Teams were then formed and a decoy customer was sent to speak to the accused. Cops then laid a trap and nabbed the accused. We told the decoy to speak to Raju and fix a time to meet. We laid a trap outside Ajanta Hotel on Juhu-Tara Road at 3.30 am,” said an officer. “At 4.45 am, two cars pulled over. Raju got off one of the cars. The women were seated in the other car. As soon as he finished speaking to the decoy and agreed upon a sum, we moved in and nabbed him and the others We also arrested the others who were part of the racket,” said assistant inspector Manish Awale.

Assistant inspector Manish Awale said the police have recovered Rs 72,000 in cash from the accused. The accused told the cops that they used to contact clients and sent over the women after fixing the payment. They have been operating for a while and the police are verifying whether the gang has any past cases registered against them. The police are also probing the possibility of more persons being involved.

The accused have been booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). They will be presented before court.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Sex-racket-busted-4-held/articleshow/11668601.cms

Bhojpuri singer held for trafficking

DEVESH PANDEY /THE HINDU

A small-time Bhojpuri singer has been arrested along with an accomplice and a woman brothel-owner for allegedly trafficking a minor girl from Karnataka to the Capital for prostitution. Four girls, including two minors, were rescued during the operation.

The racket was unearthed after, at the instance of the Karnataka Police, a sister of one of the girls recently sold to the brothel-owner named Jyoti called her up claiming that she also wanted to be initiated into prostitution as she had no source of livelihood, nor anyone to take care of her. Jyoti fell into the trap and gave the girl the contact number of a human trafficker named Venkatesh who operated from Bangalore.

The police developed the lead, laid a trap at a railway station from where the suspect was to board a train to Delhi along with a minor girl and nabbed him. At his instance, and in coordination with the local police and non-government organisation Shakti Vahini, the team arrested another alleged trafficker, Allauddin, at Shastri Park in the trans-Yamuna area of Delhi on Sunday.

During interrogation, Allauddin allegedly claimed that he was a Bhojpuri singer and had recently released an album. The accused disclosed that he had been operating for the past 18 months and would by himself or through Venkatesh bring girls from Karnataka to sell them off to Jyoti. The accused lured the victims on the pretext of good jobs.

At his instance, the police raided the brothel on G. B. Road and rescued three girls, including a minor. The brothel-owner was subsequently arrested. The victims disclosed that they were physically tortured by her.

The victims were produced before the Mayur Vihar Child Welfare Committee that granted their temporary custody to the Karnataka Police for their restoration to respective families following mandatory procedures.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/article2827144.ece

Karnataka – Delhi Inter State Police Collaboration rescues 4 Minor Girls

Karnataka - Delhi Inter State Police Collaboration rescues 4 Minor Girls

Karnataka - Delhi Inter State Police Collaboration rescues 4 Minor Girls

State, Delhi cops rescue four Bangalore girls

New Delhi, Jan 22, 2012, DHNS
Four Bangalore girls, including two minors, were rescued on Sunday from the clutches of flesh traders after a joint team of Delhi and Karnataka police conducted a raid in the red light area of G B Road. Three pimps were arrested.

The Karnataka Police received a tip-off that a 17-year-old girl was lured by a human trafficker and being taken to Delhi for flesh trade by the Sampark Kranti Express. Working on the input and with the help of technical surveillance, a police team nabbed Venkatesh (26), on the train in Karnataka and rescued the girl. During interrogation, Venkatesh told police that he had lured the minor on the pretext of marrying her in Delhi. “He, however, had planned to sell the minor at G B Road,” said police officer Pramod Joshi. The Karnataka police then came to the national capital and approached local cops. A joint team of Karnataka and Delhi police laid a trap and arrested Allauddin, a 27-year-old resident of Shakarpur in east Delhi, at Shastri Park in north east Delhi.“Venkatesh had planned to sell the minor to Allauddin,” said Joshi, who was also investigating into the matter.

During interrogation, the duo told police that they had further planned to sell the minor to a 45-year-old woman pimp – Jyoti, in charge of Kotha number 68 of G B Road. Police then arrested Jyoti, who trafficked girls especially from South India.Working on another missing girl case, the joint team raided Kotha number 68. During the raid, a 15-year-old girl, who was missing from Bangalore since September 2011, was rescued.  “Seeing the police, two more girls, who were forced into flesh trade a few years ago, approached for help. They too were rescued along with the minor,” said Joshi.During interrogation, the minor told police that Venkatesh had brought her to Delhi on the pretext of providing a good job and had sold her at G B Road, where she was forced into the flesh trade after physical torture. Another of the rescued girls told the police that she was brought to Delhi by one of her acquaintances on the pretext of a holiday trip.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/221403/state-delhi-cops-rescue-four.html

FIR against ‘uncle’ Raju and Murli

Inspector G P Chauhan files complaint against the kingpin of the child trafficking and eight-year-old

After initial reluctance, Vatva police finally registered a case against Murli and Raju for child trafficking late on Saturday, in Madhavan Nayyakkar’ case. Commissioner of Police S K Saikia has ordered Crime Branch and its Human Trafficking Cell to conduct a parallel inquiry into the case.

The police action came three days after Mirror’s January 19 report that eight-year-old Madhavan, who was found unconscious outside a temple near Ghodasar on January 12, was a victim of child trafficking. While the law-abiding cops were busy following the procedure during the three days, the offenders used the time for an easy escape.

“Acting on Madhavan’s statement, we co-ordinated with Amraiwadi police to search for the place where other kids are said to be kept in detention. But couldn’t locate the place or the accused. We have carried out investigation under the guidance of JCP, sector II, Atul Karwal and DCP (zone six) Manindersing Pawar. We have lodged complaint against Raju and Murli. We have also filed a complaint against Madhavan’s parents who, as the boy claims, sold him to Murli,” said Vatva inspector G P Chauhan.

Madhavan was brought to Civil Hospital in an unconscious state on January 12. Since he only spoke Tamil, a volunteer Hitesh Vaghela took him home where his neighbour the Giramanis, a Tamilian family, took care of the child and helped trace his village and family.

Vatva PSI let off Raju

Earlier, the kid had refused to go with Raju, who identified himself as his uncle, when he went to take the boy’s custody from the Giramanis. A scared Madhavan had briefed the family that Raju used to issue death threats to him and other children like him if they refused to steal. Though the Tamilian family brought this fact to Vatva sub-inspector M M Parmar’s notice, the sub-inspector didn’t take any action when Raju went to the police station to again claim Madhavan’s custody as his ‘uncle’. The PSI let off Raju apparently to provide him time to furnish his identity proof.

On January 19, when Mirror tried to trace the whereabouts of Raju, his lawyer Jayesh Sharma informed that he had gone to Tamil Nadu to bring Madhavan’s parents. But till the last report came in, the cops were unable to locate Raju. Though Mirror’s January 20 report showed the CCTV clippings of Raju looking for Madhavan at Civil Hospital, the police apparently failed to gauge the situation indicating involvement of a child trafficking gang in the case.

Child trafficking overlooked

Vatva police was reportedly more keen on uniting Madhavan with his family than catching Raju ‘uncle’. One of the delays in filing a case against Raju and Murli was the cops’ reluctance to consider ‘eight-year-old’ boy’s statement, saying that Raju used to issue threats to kids and force them into crime. It was only after the intervention of Joint Commissioner of Police, sector II, Atul Karwal, that the Vatva police lodged a non-cognisable complaint in the case.  However, when Mirror contacted a few advocates and Childline, an NGO, they opined that the statement of an eight-year-old child can be considered and even a case can be registered against the person concerned.

Raju’s network

Raju, the alleged kingpin of the child trafficking, has been reportedly running a well-organised racket in the city. Fearing that Madhavan, who had escaped from his clutches, could expose him, Raju had made desperate attempts to trace him. He had visited Civil Hospital along with his lawyer looking for him. Raju had approached the Giramanis to bring Madhavan back and had even visited Vatva police station to stake his claim on the Tamil boy.

“Madhavan’s case is not first of its kind. Many children like him, who hail from Southen India, are often sent to observation home after being caught for stealing. But so far no direct link has been established as to who pushes these young minds into crime,” said Observation Home Superintendent Mayank Trivedi.

Sources meanwhile mentioned that the recent instance only exposed the offender’s well co-ordinated efforts to push the child into the world of crime. “There could be several child like Madhavan in Raju’s clutches, ” said a source in Vatva police.

Training to escape cops’ action

“The gang would not only train the children in stealing but also provide them tips to escape police action if caught. Madhavan said that they were taught to behave in a mentally disturbed manner to evade arrest if caught while committing a theft,” ACP, K division, J T Rana said.

“Madhavan disclosed that his cousin Chinna Rasu, who was brought to the city prior to him, used to protect him from Raju’s anger. Chinna Rasu would steal and give a portion to Madhavan so the kid could escape beating, for not doing his job. Madhavan told that Raju would give Rs 100 to Chinna Rasu for the stolen articles. We have booked the accused under IPC section of 342, the Juvenile Justice ACT and also charged with illegal detention,” said the ACP.

No accused can slip: DCP

“Madhavan’s statement is crucial in the case. We have talked to Madurai police who have said that child trafficking gang is active in Southern India and kids are sent to far-off places and pushed them into stealing and begging. The boy said that he was sold by his parents to Murli who brought him to the city and handed him over to Raju. We have initiated the process to bring Madhavan’s parents here,” said DCP (zone six) Manindersing Pawar.

“The child’s claim that his parents sold him will be ascertained only after his parents arrival. The racket seems to be operational from Madurai. But no accused can slip in this case,” Pawar assured.

It was the initiative of Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent M M Prabhakar who requested JCP sector II Atul Karwal to look into the matter that put the case on right track. “I am happy for Madhavan. There could be more kids like him who are victim of child trafficking. We need to rescue them,” Prabhakar said.

“We want a safe future for Madhavan. The other children in Raju’s net need to be freed soon,” said Satyaraj Giramani.

http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/article/3/2012012320120123014835560afb8990f/FIR-against-%E2%80%98uncle%E2%80%99-Raju-and-Murli.html

Sex racket out of star hotels in Tamil Nadu busted

CHENNAI: Police on Friday arrested a Delhi-based man who was operating a flesh trade racket from star hotels in T Nagar and rescued a woman from Kolkata. In another raid at a hotel on G N Chetty Road, police arrested a man from Kerala and rescued a woman from Kolkata. The arrested were remanded in judicial custody while the women were sent to a government home in Mylapore. A police decoy sent to a hotel in T Nagar met the pimp, Jithendra Bhandari, 32, who introduced him to a young woman. And asked him to pay 25,000 for ‘service’ for an hour. The decoy gave Bhandari the money, went to the room and alerted police waiting outside. The police team nabbed Bandari and rescued the 20-year-old girl. During questioning, police found that Bhandari often visited the hotel on “business” and booked two rooms in his name on the same floor. He flew in women from other states after keeping in touch with racketeers in those states.

“Bandari brought the woman from Kolkata after paying a hefty amount to a racketeer. The woman came here only a couple of days ago,” a police officer said. In a raid at another hotel in T Nagar, police arrested a pimp, Shanaas, 26, of Kerala, and rescued a 20-year-old woman who was also from Kolkata. Shanaas also charged his customers 25,000, police learnt.

Police said at least 40% of the women in the sex trade in the city are from Kolkata, 20% from Andhra Pradesh, 5-10% from Mumbai and Delhi and 5-10% from Tamil Nadu. A huge amount of money is involved and women from all walks of life were in the trade, they said. Lured by dreams of riches and luxurious lives, even housewives and college students are voluntarily getting into the trade, the sources added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Sex-racket-out-of-star-hotels-busted-two-pimps-arrested/articleshow/11574313.cms