Pune: Three girls were rescued from a prostitution racket running under the garb of a massage centre by the sleuths of Dattawadi police station on Friday in Sarasbag. The police have arrested two persons including a woman. The girls rescued in the raid were from Nashik, Aurangabad and Uttar Pradesh.
Those arrested were identified as Mona Singh, 32, a native of Antop Hill in Mumbai, who was currently staying at Yerawada and Sunil Rathod, 22, a native of Dhule who was residing in a lodge near Swargate bus depot.
Singh, the kingpin of the prostitution racket, was running it under the garb of Lemon Aqua Spa and Salon Massage Centre behind Hotel Vishwa near Sarasbag. She had rented the place and appointed Rathod as the manager of the centre.
Devidas Gheware, Police Inspector, Dattwadi police station, said, “We received a tip-off on Friday after which we raided the massage centre. Prima facie, it seems that they were running the prostitution racket at the centre from last four months. Singh also has rented a flat at Suraksha Nagar Society at Yerawada where she used to stay along with the three rescued girls.” “We are also going to check the flat if in case it was also used for the activities related to prostitution,” added Gheware.
The police have registered a case under section 370 (trafficking in persons) of the IPC against both the accused who were produced in court on Saturday and were remanded in police custody till July 26.