A woman and her son living in Andheri were arrested and booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act for allegedly running a flesh trade racket under the garb of an escort agency.
The Mumbai Police Social Service Branch (SSB) trapped them through a decoy customer,who established contact with the woman,allegedly through a telephone number circulated by agents.
The woman,Varsha Pareikh and her son Bhaven,were handed over to Oshiwara police. They were produced in court on Thursday and remanded in police custody for seven days.
On a tip-off and after hours of surveillance,the SSB sent the decoy to contact the duo. The decoy asked for a model as escort for a night and was told to pay Rs 30,000. The decoy negotiated and agreed to pay Rs 20,000,said a Mumbai Police officer. The decoy was met by Pareikh at a predesignated spot in Andheri and was taken to the girl at another location. The woman allegedly told the decoy that he would have to first pay the sum to Bhaven. SSB officers closed in when the money was accepted by Bhaven,the officer said. Police said based on information they got from the duo,three girls were rescued and sent to a shelter home. One of the girls is allegedly a small-time actor in a crime tele-serial,police said.
Vasant Dhoble,Assistant Commissioner of Police (SSB) said some disturbing facts were revealed. They ran the agency and enlisted women from Andheri. They listed them as students,models and housewives. Through telephone,they would decide the price and the girl, Dhoble said. Oshiwara police said interrogation revealed that they charged Rs 30,000 for a student and around Rs 20,000 for a housewife, added Dhoble.