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Hotel owner arrested for facilitating prostitution racket

Delhi Police has arrested a 37-year-old man on the charge of allowing the use of rooms in his hotels in Delhi and Gurgaon for the racket

Following the arrest of the Uzbekistan national who facilitated a human trafficking racket in Vasant Kunj,Delhi Police has arrested a 37-year-old man on the charge of allowing the use of rooms in his hotels in Delhi and Gurgaon for the racket.

Police sources said the accused,identified as Ravinder Yadav,was arrested on June 22 and has been sent to judicial custody. Earlier,police had arrested Dilkhuja,the Uzbekistan national who allegedly ran the racket in which two Uzbek women were held captive and raped repeatedly for six months.

During questioning,Yadav reportedly told police that he owns three hotels — two in Gurgaon and one in Delhi’s Mahipalpur area — where he was facilitating the racket by providing rooms to customers and the women sent by Dilkhuja. He reportedly told police that customers’ contact details were never recorded.

On June 17,the two Uzbek women lodged a complaint at Lajpat Nagar police station,alleging that they had been beaten up and repeatedly raped by unidentified men over six months.

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The victims,who arrived in India in January on a tourist visa,accused Dilkhuja of forcing them into prostitution.

The matter was reported after the women managed to escape and reach Safdarjung Hospital. A medical examination of one of the sisters revealed that she was two months pregnant.

In their statement to police,the victims alleged that they met Dilkhuja at a hotel in Paharganj. Dilkhuja reportedly promised them a job in Delhi and asked them to come over. When the sisters met her,she asked them to hand over their passports. Later,they were served a soft drink laced with sedatives,following which they were gangraped.

The two women arrived in Delhi in January 2013 on tourist visas. “The victims alleged that Dilkhuja promised them a good job in Delhi. She allegedly took them to Vasant Kunj and asked the victims to give her their passports,” a senior police officer had said on June 18.