Trafficking of Foreign Women Rampant

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PUBLISHED IN THE HINDU

India’s obsession with white skin leads to a large number of foreign women being trafficked into Delhi, say senior police officers.

They are lured with promises of employment but end up as sex workers, mostly operating from posh localities and even high-end hotels.

“The traffickers seize the passports of women who try to put up a fight on learning the reality,” says a senior police officer involved in several operations to rescue trafficked women, both Indian and foreign.

These women, mostly from poorer countries like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, usually come to India on three to six months of work or tourist visas.

“By the time their visa ends, they are deep into prostitution and find no other escape. So they keep returning on extended work permits,” says the officer.

A few of them turn into pimps, often luring their own relatives and country-women into India and later forcing them into prostitution, the police say.

The traffickers employ several means to lure victims.

“Those who aspire for more than mere employment are lured on the pretext of joining a dance group. Some others are promised employment as clerks with big private builders,” the officer said.

Instead, they are sent out across the country to provide sexual services by brokers who mostly operate through the internet. Charges for their services can range between Rs.2,000 and Rs.1 lakh per night, with the women themselves being given very little money.

When they turn old and are no more sought-after, some return to their country while many others are confined to GB Road.

Ten Thai girls, 8 men booked for flesh trade in Jaipur

PUBLISHED IN THE HINDUSTAN TIMES

Eighteen people, including 10 Thai girls, were arrested for allegedly running flesh trade in the garb of operating two spas at Banipark area in the state capital, police said on Sunday.

All the accused, 10 Thai girls and eight men, were booked at Sadar police station under prevention of immoral trafficking act, they said.

There were complaints from the local people that on the pretext of massage, prostitution racket was being carried in the Thai spas, police said.

After probing the plaints, the local police raided the Crystal Mall at Banipark and arrested the manager, four Thai girls and helpers at the Thai Harmony Spa. While six other Thai girls, three customers and manager of Crystal Spa were also arrested, they said.

The girls used to charge from `3,000 to `6,000 depending on the customers standard for one time massage and illicit relations, they said.

Police have recovered the visa and passports of the accused Thai girls and verifying their antecedents.

On November 2 night, six people, including one woman, were arrested for running a flesh trade racket from a hotel under Karni Vihar police station.