//Sex trade goes hi-tech

Sex trade goes hi-tech

Rajan Walia,June 12, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK

CHANDIGARH: Technology has struck the world's oldest profession which has now taken a swanky avtar. The big, fat 'aunty' and the pan-chewing ugly pimps have metamorphosised into tech-savvy, suave 'facilitators', who are now just a click away.

These modern pimps can be contacted through mobile phones, e-mail and internet websites. Their network is vast, spanning the entire country and in some cases, spread to foreign shores.

Enquiries by Times of Chandigarh revealed that the still-to-be-identified bosses of effectively-running internet sex racket in the city, are sitting pretty safe somewhere in Delhi, Mumbai and even abroad.

They have deputed their area representatives in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. The fact came to light last year, when the crime branch of Chandigarh police busted a an international sex racket, which was being run by a youngster with the fabricated name Mr Cash.

The UT police sleuths booked a girl for Rs 25,000 online and when Mr Cash reached here with the girl, the waiting cops pounced on them. The duo were arrested under various Criminal and Information Technology Acts.

Their sustained interrogation by the investigating agencies disclosed that Mr Cash alias Sudhanshu Gupta had spread his business in the entire country.

 The police had seized many objectionable material from his Chitranjan Park residence. Also a computer and master CDs, containing detailed profile of callgirls, with their photographs were recovered.

Surprisingly, after being released from Burail Jail, Mr Cash once again got active in the business and was arrested by UT police last month. This time, he had changed his name to Mr Maggy.

Sources said that a number of city's rich businessmen are being approached to spend leisurely hours in the company of young girls through e-mails. Recently, a businessmen here got mail, asking for his mobilephone number, if he wished to spend his time with young housewives all at a cost of Rs 4,000.

More recently, DSP South, KIP Singh had arrested a young college lecturer, involved in the flesh trade, by calling her to a designated place through a decoy customer. The deal was finalised over phone. Mobile numbers of over a dozen girls allegedly involved in the same profession were also recovered from her.

According to a senior police official, a number of escortgirls, claiming themselves to be citizens of Russia have recently reached Chandigarh. The police are investigating into the matter.

City callgirls also have international links, he informed. Around six months back, a Canadian NRI, on his visit to Mohali, got the number of a Panchkula-based escort girl from his Canada-based friend over phone, he added.