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MUMBAI: SEX RACKET UNDER THE GUISE OF ESCORT SERVICES

MUMBAI: The flesh trade in Mumbai has taken a new guise. Various Police forces and NGOs have busted the sex racket being carried out in the guise of escort services, but the racketeers are unperturbed. It is reported that despite occasional police raids, flesh trade under the garb of escort services is going on with impunity.

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Recently, Crime Branch of New Mumbai Police busted a sex racket in which, girls were offered for sexual pleasure by a so called escort service. One can come across a large number of escort services on digital media, offering services and soliciting clients.

It is said that there are a large number of pimps, operating under the guise of escort service operators.

So, it can be said that major sex trade in Mumbai and other cities has gone online. This digitalization of sex trade is fast spreading with huge popularity, penetration and expansion with the use of social media. Websites are being used by the so-called escort agencies, for soliciting clients.

One such agency was busted by New Mumbai Police, recently on the complaint of a NGO.

The Case

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The office bearers of this NGO found a website, which posted mobile numbers of escort services, which was nothing but a prostitution racket. The New Mumbai Police, with the help of a decoy customer, busted this racket and arrested two pimps while three young girls were taken into custody, who were compelled to work as sex workers under the guise of escort service.

Those involved in such sex trade, are not afraid of arrests or police raids. If they are trapped in the clutches of the law, they resume their activities once they are out on bail.

Police sources say that there are many such racketeers who are habitual offenders.

Also, digital media facilitates them to operate from hiding, unless trapped by a meticulously planned operation.

Use of Social Media for Sex Trade

Police officers say that after the sex trade went online, it has become difficult to apprehend the real perpetrators or masterminds of such sex trade. The raids often results in arrests of pimps or sex workers, but the big operators of such sex rackets easily dodge the clutches of the law.

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Sources say that flesh trade or sex trade in the city and around has gone tech savvy with racketeers using all forms of digital media to lure the customers with minimum physical approach.

There was a time, when call girl racketeers working under fake escort services were inserting advertisements in newspapers.

But now, they are using Websites, Mobile apps, Whatsapp Messenger, Twitter and other social media platforms, making it very difficult for the police to plan crackdown against them, some officers say.

 

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