Mumbai police bust prostitution racket running under guise of ‘spa at home’ service

Mumbai police bust prostitution racket running under guise of 'spa at home' service
Rajnish Singh, the owner of Rajnish Wellness Ltd and alleged mastermind of the prostitution racket, lured customers by offering a ‘spa at home’ service (Representational Image)

Mumbai police have busted a major prostitution racket operating in luxury hotels and homes under the guise of ‘spa at home’ service and arrested six persons in connection with the crime.

According to officials, Unit-9 of the Mumbai Crime Branch raided a Peninsula Grand Hotel in Saki Naka, Andheri on Monday and rescued three women who had been forced into prostitution.

The police also arrested Rajnish Singh (35), owner of Rajnish Wellness Ltd, a company which was allegedly a front for a prostitution racket.

The history-sheeter had been allegedly running the racket for over 10 months and lured customers by offering a “spa at home” service.

Besides Singh, five women, who worked at the company’s call centre in Lower Parel, were also arrested. The women allegedly took calls from prospective customers. The police also recovered Rs 4.70 lakh in cash during the raid.

The racket came to light when police started probing an advertisement in a tabloid which promised to provide “a spa at your home”, inspector Asha Korake of the Crime Branch, who conducted the raid, was quoted as saying.

After a police officer contacted the mobile number in the advertisement, posing as a customer, three women were sent to a hotel in Andheri, following which the raid was conducted.

All accused were booked under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act and section 370 (trafficking of humans) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They were later produced in court, which remanded them in police custody till Saturday.

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