Gurgaon (Haryana), Apr. 23: Police have arrested five girls and a pimp after conducting a raid on a spa and massage parlour in Gurgaon, Haryana.
In a bid to combat illegal prostitution in Haryana , the police had launched a sting operation.
A team of policemen raided the parlour on receiving a signal from plant, and arrested the women alleged to be a part of the immoral trafficking operation.
Inspector Lakhpat Singh said the arrested girls and the pimp have been sent to jail after a medical check up.
“We had received information that a sex racket was going on in the spa, and a sting operation was launched. We have arrested them on the basis of the sting,” Singh said.
In India, trafficking and profiting by selling a person for sex is illegal but paying for sex with an adult prostitute is not.
India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development wants to change the laws to allow the police take stern action against clients but critics have stalled the plan.
Prostitutes and groups working with them fear such a move would force the trade deeper into the shadows.
South Asia is the second largest venue for human trafficking in the world, after East Asia, according to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Over 150,000 people are known to be trafficked within the region every year – mostly for sex work, but also for labour, forced marriages and as part of the organ trade, according to UNODC officials.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing transnational organised crimes in South Asia.
Traffickers often take advantage of impoverished communities, luring girls and young women and girls with promises of jobs as maids or nannies in wealthy households in the cities. But, activists say, the reality is very different. (ANI)