Magistrate orders closure of G. B. Road brothel

Magistrate orders closure of G. B. Road brothel

Magistrate orders closure of G. B. Road brothel


In an order passed on Saturday, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Paharganj has directed the closure and eviction of the occupants of the first floor of a kotha on G. B. Road which was being used as a brothel. The SDM said in his order that the brothel was within 200 metres of a school and that the owner of the building should get prior permission from him before leasing out the premises for the next three years.

Acting on an application moved by the Kamla Market SHO under Section 18 of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act, Paharganj SDM Mani Bhushn Malhotra said: “From the perusal of application of SHO Kamla Market and document attached it is clear that the circumstances in which the girls were apprehended / rescued from this premises clearly indicate that the said premises being repeatedly used for the purposes identical to those given in Section 2 (a) of the ITP Act. The averment cited by SHO Kamla Market that this premises is being used as brothel is further strengthened with the fact that minor girls lured from other States have been coerced into prostitution and rescued from this premises.”

[Section 2(a) of the ITP Act defines brothel as any house, room, conveyance or place, or any portion of any house, room, conveyance or place, which is used for purposes of sexual exploitation or abuse for the gain of another person or for the mutual gain of two or more prostitutes.]

Pramod Joshi, the SHO, said in his application that four FIRs were registered against these premises under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for rape, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, assault, buying and selling of minors for prosecution besides various sections of the ITP Act.The brothel owner, who was also the lessee of the premises, raised several objections to the SHO’s application. She said she was a resident of the second floor of the building and had nothing to do with the premises in question; that she was acquitted in one of the cases and charge sheets were not filed in the others cases; that the police had not clarified the exact distance between the public place (school) and the building; and that there was “no live and proximate link between the prejudicial activity and preventive action” being sought.

Mr. Malhotra in his order said the brothel owner, Baby, had appeared in a Tis Hazari Sessions court in response to summons served on her at the first floor address, and that she was acquitted in the case merely on the technical ground that summons issued for the victim in the case and prosecution witnesses went unserved.

The SDM also noted that an FIR was registered as recently as this year for rape, kidnapping and prostitution charges which warranted “preventive measures immediately to stop the reoccurrence of such activities”. Regarding the SHO not invoking the 200 metre contention in his application, the SDM allowed the statement made later by the SHO that this was a case and there was a school in the proximity.


Demand, supply of illicit sex up in State

Flesh trade is thriving in the City of Lakes. Women soliciting clients openly are a common sight in some of the busiest places of the State capital.


Besides, a large number of sex rackets are being run in almost all the posh and well-to-do localities. The practice takes place in an organised manner with the connivance of hotel owners, security personnel and male and female agents. Places like farmhouses, beauty parlours and independent homes in newly built colonies are often used for the purpose. Not only Indians but also westerners are provided to clients. They are available on demand besides television and B movie actresses. The price, however, differs, depending on the service and the attributes of the one providing it.When contacted, Superintendent of Police Abhay Singh, however, said the matter was new to him. However, he assured that action would be taken soon. If one goes to Hamidia Road, one of the busiest places in Walled City, in the evening, they will surely encounter prostitutes waiting on the stretch between Nadira Bus Stand and Bharat Talkies over-bridge. Same is the case in New Bhopal where these women are easily spotted on link roads and near Habibganj station. A pimp, talking on condition of anonymity, revealed the elaborate workings of the illicit business. According to him, the flesh trade prospers courtesy the joint efforts of ‘representatives’ like auto-rickshaw drivers, betel shop owners and dope addicts looking for easy money. Hotels play an important role as these provide cheaper rooms on hourly basis to clients. Women from Mumbai are thronging the State capital after the dance bars were closed in Optimum City. Besides, girls in large numbers from smaller towns nearby also travel up and down to the State capital for this purpose. According to sources, about a dozen sex rackets are run in various parts of the city and have an excess of hundreds of girls under them.

The most unfortunate trend in the city is that of school and college going boys joining the queue of clients who are mostly easy-moneyed people. As intimated by a female sex worker operating in the city area, even boys in school uniforms vie for a chance to engage in this activity. The spread of mobile telephones has facilitated the prostitute who can now satisfy a maximum number of clients in minimum time. Their daily earnings have thus risen nowadays. This, in turn increases, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

SC clarifies scope of case on Sex Workers limited to ‘rehabilitation’

Making it clear that the current attempt of the Supreme Court looking into the various questions involving sex workers and their rehabilitation does not include ‘institutionalizing or regularizing’ the profession, a division bench comprising of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra today said that there should not be any apprehension that the Apex Court was trying to ‘legalize’ the trade.

“We are not into institutionalizing or regularizing the profession… There should not be any apprehension that we are trying to legalize the trade,” the bench said clarifying the scope of the current effort in which the court has sought the involvement of various Ministries, NGOs, legal service associations, and others who would collectively develop a ‘composite plan’ to protect the rights of the sex workers.

The bench today directed to hold a meeting of all parties on May 6 to discuss the problems and issues of the Sixth Interim Report, which has been filed by the Committee appointed by the court, for looking into the various facets involving sex workers and their rehabilitation. The bench asked for identification of problems and working out solutions to the issues.

The apex court constituted panel is headed by senior counsel Pradip Ghosh and includes senior counsel Jayant Bhushan, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society and Saima Hasan, founder of Roshni as its members. The court’s order came after it took suo motu cognizance of the problems faced by sex workers while dealing with a sex workers’ murder case.

SC clarifies scope of case on Sex Workers limited to ‘rehabilitation’

Sex workers’ children can’t be stigmatised, NCPR tells SC

New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) today told the Supreme Court that children of sex workers should be provided special educational facilities under the Right To Education Act, by integrating them with the mainstream society. Commission Chairperson Shantha Sinha, appearing before a special bench of justices Altamas Kabir and Gyan Sudha however, opposed setting up of any special schools for these children as it would be a “greater stigmatisation”. “No, no that will lead to a greater stigmatisation,” she said in response to a query from the bench as to whether special schools could be constituted for children of sex workers. The apex court had earlier constituted a panel comprising senior advocates and representatives of various NGOs to suggest measures to wean away sex workers from the flesh trade and formulate their rehabilitation measures. The NCPCR chairperson said that to avoid stigmatisation of the children of sex workers, authorities should ensure that they do not insist details of the child’s parentage, birth, caste and other details. She further submitted that a congenial atmosphere like sufficient accommodation should be created to the children as otherwise they are bound to be influenced by the activities of their mothers as presently most of the sex workers live in one-room tenements. The apex court had earlier appointed senior advocates Pradeep Ghosh and Jayant Bhushan, to head a special panel to look into the rehabilitation and other measures for sex workers in the country.

Sex workers’ children can’t be stigmatised, NCPR tells SC

Illicit flesh trade lurks in Ranchi nooks & crannies

RANCHI: On March 24, four sex workers were arrested with three of their clients in an area under Chutia police station, who confessed to operating from a hotel on the busy Station Road with the help of pimps. Further revelations under interrogation led to several raids in various hotels, lodges and residential houses in the city but the police rarely found any success as news of the planed raids always managed to leak somehow.

The flourishing sex racket in the city operates through well organised networks with tentacles outside state borders as well. Ranchi police has nevertheless launched a massive crackdown on prostitution in the city and has busted as many as 26 sex rackets over the past one year.The trade has been found to flourish in the guise of massage parlours, dance bars, cabin restaurants and from seedy hotels and residential colonies. Many massage parlours running sex rackets were busted by the police in Booty More, Bariatu, Harmu and East Jail Road areas in the past year. Three massage parlours were busted between November and December last year from Lalpur police station area alone.

Arrested sex workers revealed their customers range from college students to executives from private companies, brought to them through a network of pimps and managers.”In most massage parlours, which use the front of beauty parlours, a well organized sex racket used to run with a specific set of customers,” said Lalpur officer in-charge Phoolan Nath.”The sex workers arrested so far revealed they do not entertain every client but only those who come through proper channels through pimps or other reference contacts,” said Nath.

The death of one Amit Mukherjee, who was shot dead on July 7 last year near Hotel Yuvraj near Rajendra Chowk, also brought to the fore the competitiveness between various networks involved in the trade. Police investigation revealed Mukherjee used to bring over girls from Burdwan and Kolkata for local customers on demand and was running a lucrative network, which irked other racketeers. The girls he brought used to visit customers in hotels, flats and lodges.

Police also stumbled upon the trend of more and more flesh trade rackets operating from posh residential colonies as well lately. Ranchi SSP Praveen Kumar Singh accepts it is a disturbing trend and says police is trying to curb the menace by conducting frequent raids in possible hideouts and intelligence gathering. Singh also accepted such rackets often go unnoticed until residents of a particular area start to smell something fishy and complain. “No such illicit trade can be allowed in any area and police is keeping a close watch on such activities,” said Singh.

Illicit flesh trade lurks in Ranchi nooks & crannies

17 minors rescued from Delhi brothels


NEW DELHI: In one of its biggest crackdowns on Delhi‘s red light district, 72 sex workers, including 17 minors, were rescued from G B Road by the Andhra Pradesh Police in a joint operation with the Delhi Police on Monday morning.

The action came after Andhra Pradesh Police began investigations into a series of complaints from families in the state who claimed their minor daughters had gone missing.

Police managed to zero in on certain brothels on GB road, also known as Swami Shradhanand Marg, after receiving information from a 19-year-old girl who had managed to escape from one of the brothels and return to her home town in Andhra Pradesh. The minor girls were sent for a medical examination to Lok Nayak Hospital on Monday evening. According to NGO Shakti Vahani, who were asked by the police to counsel the rescued sex workers, most of the victims were brought to the city on the pretext of marriage.

“Most of the women confessed that they had eloped with their lovers and wanted to marry them. However, they were sold to brothels in the city. Shockingly, we noticed that almost 80 per cent of the women had eloped with men named ‘Raju’ which hints at a deep-rooted nexus between pimps across the country,” said Subir Roy, director programmes at Shakti Vahani.

Sources in the local police confirmed that most rescued women state in FIRs that they had been sold to brothels by a man named “Raju.”

“Although our investigations are still at a preliminary stage we have found that adopting the name “Raju” is part of the modus operandi of pimps and traffickers across the country. It also suggests that they are all interconnected,” said a police officer who did not wish to be quoted.

Recent data collected by another local NGO Bhartiya Patiti Udhar Sabha claimed that Delhi has 4,500 sex workers living at 108 brothels. These brothels adhere to a strict hierarchy.

While “managers” are usually male members involved in trafficking and getting clients, “nayeekas” are senior sex workers who look after the day-to-day assignments of “lochees” and take a commission for every customer but rarely entertain customers themselves. Lochees reportedly are ‘bonded girls’ who serve customers in return for food and shelter.

Police claimed to have busted a sex racket with the arrest of a woman during a raid at a brothel, operating from an apartment in Masabtank area in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Two women, including an Uzbekistan national, were rescued from the brothel during the raid, police said. Based on a a tip-off, the sleuths of Commissioner’s Task Force (West Zone) raided the apartment and nabbed one Asha Singh and rescued the Uzbekistan national and another woman hailing from Delhi, Task Force Deputy Commissioner of Police C H Ramchander said. “Due to financial problems, Asha had decided to make quick money by allegedly indulging in the bussiness of prostitution and was used to bring sex workers for one week to Hyderabad on commission basis from Mumbai,” the DCP said. Further investigations are on, he said.