THE SOCIAL Service Branch (SSB) of the Mumbai Police has arrested two persons — a man and a woman — in Dindoshi on the charge of pushing three women into prostitution.
Since January, the SSB has rescued 143 women forced into prostitution and arrested 116 people under sections of the The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
In the current case, based on a tip-off, the SSB called up one of the accused, who allegedly ran the prostitution racket under the guise of supplying models for events. The accused assured supply of women for as much as Rs 5,000, the police said.
After negotiations, it was decided that one of the accused would take three women — all in their early twenties — to meet the ‘client’ outside Oberoi Mall in Goregaon, an officer said. Accordingly, the police sent a decoy customer who met the accused and while handing over Rs 5,000 for one woman, signalled the SSB team, which then arrested him.
“His questioning led us to the other accused, who was subsequently arrested,” Inspector Pravin Kadam from the SSB said. He added that the two were handed over to the Dindoshi police station, where a case of trafficking was registered.
The officer said while one of the accused has identified himself as Kabir, it does not appear to be his real name. “It is a practice followed by pimps to keep generic names like Raj and Kabir. We have asked for documents such as ration card and others to find out their actual details. We suspect the involvement of several others in the case,” said a senior officer.