The Special Operation Team of Cyberabad busted a prostitution racket in 12 massage parlours and spas in Hyderabad on August 19. Approximately 65 women have been rescued in this operation, out of which 34 are from Thailand and 21 from North-eastern states.
The 12 places raided were all in the prime IT area-Gachibowli and Madhapur, and some of them were in posh commercial areas. According to the Indian Express, a police official said, “We found that these centers have been indulging in women trafficking by procuring girls from Thailand, Northeastern states and some local girls. They were virtually running brothel houses under the guise of massage or spa parlours.”
The Cyberabad police arrested the owner of Tripad Venus and Healing Services Pvt Ltd, Dasari Sidhartha, who operated these parlours. His business partners Venkatareddy and Balasubramanyam have been absconding. Sidhartha, along with agents in Bangkok and Mumbai duped several women under the false pretence of offering jobs in massage centres on monthly payment; and would confiscate their passport once the women reached Hyderabad. The accused earned 90 lakhs per month from these massage parlours.
Police also stated that the parlours allowed cross gender massage which is illegal. As per the law, only male masseurs can attend male customers and vice-a-versa. In addition to this, it was found out that the spas broke the norms including transparent glass doors, CCTV cameras and maintaining registers for recording customer preferences.
Meanwhile, the rescued women will be shifted to protection home.