Pune city police have busted a prostitution racket from a residential society in Viman Nagar and arrested three people including a woman. Among the women who were rescued is one working for a call centre, while another was a student of hotel management, police said.
A team from the Special Cell of Pune city police was working on specific inputs about a prostitution racket in MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority) Colony in Viman Nagar. The team was working on the input for more than a week. On Tuesday, a policeman was sent as a decoy customer following which cops raided the place. The accused have been identified as Deepak Warali, Shiva Kohle and Simran.
“The Special Cell team rescued two women. One of them works for a call centre and another is a graduate in hotel management working for a hotel. Both had got into the profession for quick money,” said a senior police officer. The officer added, “To avoid being caught, the suspects used to send these women only to what they called trusted and old customers or people who came through their reference.”
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An FIR has been registered at Viman Nagar police station under relevant sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).
Like some of the raids on illegal businesses in the recent past, this too was not conducted by the local police station or the social security cell which probes cases under PITA. Senior police officials said that this is being done specifically because of the possibility of local police having vested interests in these businesses.