Police have busted a flesh trade racket being operated from a massage parlour in Tukoganj area and rescued 21 women, including a foreign national. Police raided the spa cum massage centre last night on a tip-off and arrested 45 people, including its owner and nine employees, a senior police official told reporters today. "The total of 14 customers and 21 women were found engaged in unlawful acts during the raid," Crime Branch's Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Amrendra Singh said. He said the spa owner, identified as Ganesh Rathore, has been running the prostitution racket under the guise of the massage parlour since the last two years. Rathore used to engage girls on the contract basis for the flesh trade. Singh said a 20-year-old woman rescued after the raid claimed that she was a citizen of Thailand.
Police are verifying her claims. The officer said two of the rescued women hail from West Bengal and Manipur, respectively. The ASP said an amount of Rs 3.18 lakh was recovered from the accused and further investigation is underway. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (East Zone) Avdesh Goswami today suspended four personnel of Tukoganj Police Station, including an assistant sub inspector (ASI), for negligence of duty. Goswami said a department inquiry would be conducted against the four police personnel.
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