Call girl racket run by foreigner busted

TIMES OF INDIA

CALANGUTE: Calangute police on Friday busted a major call girl racket being operated over the internet by a Kyrgyzstan woman and her Indian husband from a place in Candolim.

According to SP (north) Vijay Singh, a police team led by Calangute PI Nolasco Raposo was on routine patrol at around 5am in Baga when they noticed a crowd gathered around a group of people fighting and causing a traffic jam. On suspicion they brought the two women and men who were fighting to Calangute police station. On interrogation, they learnt that it involved prostitution. The PI called an NGO and in the presence of their representative recorded the girls’ statements. One of the girls, aged 20, hails from Delhi, while the other, aged 24, is a native of Mehrun, Rajasthan. The girls said they were being trafficked by a woman from Kyrgyzstan who was staying at Ximer, Candolim. The police conducted a raid there and arrested Kyrgyz national, Valentina Shol, 29, along with her husband Alim Ullah, 31, a native of Jaipur. It is learnt that Shol was in India in 2011 too.

Another of the couple’s accomplice, Cholpon Erzhanova, also from Kyrgyzstan is reported to be absconding. According to police, the duo operates a website http://www.goaescorts.com through which they get their customers. Once in Goa, the customers are contacted over the phone to finalize arrangements. Police said the rates ranged between Rs 6,000 and Rs 16,000 per girl. The police seized foreign currency consisting of $ 11,340 and Euro 500, besides Rs 20,740, two passports, one laptop, seven cellphones and an air ticket.

The accused customers who were arrested are Anant Saurabh, 26, of New Delhi and Charit C, 29, of Bangalore. The girls would accompany their customers to five-star hotels, nightclubs, and casinos in Goa. The rescued victims have been sent to the protective home in Merces.

The police team consisted of Raposo, PSI Sherif Jacques, PSI Laxi Amonkar, LPSI Devyani Naik, HC Subhash Malvankar, LPC Sheetal Kinalekar, LPC Darshan Sawant, LPC Umika Poke and constable Navanath Chari. Police have registered an offence under Sections 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act. Further investigations are in progress.

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