Social Service Branch traps a call girl who had posted her profile on escortblue.com and arrest her in the lobby of Bawa Continental at Juhu
An aspiring television actress and two pimps were arrested from Hotel Bawa Continental in Juhu on Saturday evening as the Mumbai police notched its second success in two days against flourishing internet-based sex rings in the city.
Early on Friday morning, the Santacruz police had arrested three girls and a pimp from the J W Marriott Hotel in Juhu and blocked komal.com, the web site where these girls had posted their portfolios.
The girl arrested on Saturday, whose identity the cops refused to divulge, had posted her profile on escortblue.com, which contains several such profiles and sleazy pictures.
The site also contains cell phone numbers the customers need to call. At the time of filing this report, the site was up and running.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Social Service Branch, Sanjay Apranti said Saturday’s arrest was the culmination of an operation his officers had launched a fortnight back.
“We came across this web site some fifteen days back and undercover sleuths established contact with a certain Abhishek Singh alias Rahul, who said he owned the web site,” Apranti said.
The officers kept talking to Abhishek for a few days to understand how he operated and how wide the web site’s network was.
Finally, they struck a deal and Abhishek promised to supply them an ‘aspiring television actress’ on Saturday, June 29. The charge — Rs 15,000 for a night.
“Abhishek said he would book a room in Bawa Continental. Our men agreed to the location and said the girl should be sent there in the evening,” said an officer.
The undercover sleuths were met by two men — who identified themselves as Anand and Adit — in the hotel’s lobby at the appointed hour. They were then taken to room number 302, where the girl was already present. The cops at this point flashed their identity cards and arrested the girl and the two men.
The Santacruz police had adopted an almost identical approach while busting komal.com on Friday.
The owner of Bawa Continental, Karan Bawa, however, refused to comment on the arrests.
“We are now looking for Abhishek, a resident of Versova. He would be arrested shortly. We suspect this is a huge network of call girls and pimps,” Apranti said.