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Sex Tourism Racket Busted In Mumbai; 2 Women Arrested, 2 Rescued

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police busted a tourism sex racket and arrested two women while also rescuing two other women.

As per police, the accused would offer a client to take a woman to a tourist place for two days and charge ₹50,000.

Official said that the Crime Branch has specific information that a woman, who was rescued last year in a case of immoral traffic prevention, was in the business of sex tourism along with other partners at various popular places in the country.

The official said his modus operandi was to offer a client to take a woman for sex to a tourist spot for two days.

After striking a deal with the client, the woman, who is the prime accused in the case, was offered a choice of location in the country, he said, adding that Goa was the most preferred destination among customers.

Thereafter, the accused used to send pictures of women to choose one of the customers. The client would then book air tickets for both of them.

The officer said that the accused woman used to take Rs 50,000 for the two-day program and all other expenses were to be borne by the client.

Acting on the information, Unit-7 of Crime Branch arranged for two fake customers to contact the accused, he said.

Accordingly, a trip was organised to Goa along with two females by paying Rs 45,000 and Rs 40,000 for them, the official said.

Police laid a trap at the Mumbai airport on Monday evening when a flight was scheduled from here to Goa. There was also a female operator at the airport along with two women going to Goa. They approached the client, who was actually a police officer, and had to go to Goa with a friend.

The officer said that after the exchange of money between the two parties, the police officer posing as a customer informed his team, after which the woman operator and two other women were apprehended.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Datta Nalawade said that during interrogation the crime branch team came to know that the prime accused woman has already entered the flight departure gate at the airport and is getting herself a boarding pass.

Police inspectors Manish Sreedhankar and Priya Thorat, who led the team, acted swiftly to nab him with the help of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, he said.

After interrogation, she was taken into custody and arrested, they said.

During interrogation, the accused confessed to the police that she used to run the racket, the officer said.

An FIR was lodged at the airport against her and the other woman operator under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Two other women, who had gone to Goa along with the customers, have been sent to a shelter home, the official said.

The two accused were on Tuesday produced before a holiday court which remanded them in police custody for a day, he added

(With PTI Inputs)

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