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Plea seeks action against sex rackets

Under the garb of massage parlours

Staff Reporter

New Delhi

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from the city police on a pe- tition seeking action against alleged sex rackets going on in the Capital under the garb of massage parlours and spas. A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V. Kameswar Rao asked the city police and Delhi govern- ment to file response on the plea and listed the case for further hearing on Novem- ber 27.

‘Immoral trafficking’ The petition, filed by Ateet Bansal through his counsel Abhishek Yadav and Mishi- ka Singh, claimed that “im- moral trafficking of girls for the purpose of running ille- gal sex rackets has become a common occurrence in the Capital”. The petition said that “most of these rackets are running under the garb of massage parlours, high- class model escort services in various hotels around Delhi-NCR, with young girls and women working in

these parlours who have mostly been travelling from countries like Thailand and Russia”. When Mr. Bansal en- quired about information on massage parlours, he re- ceived various photographs through WhatsApp of girls involved in flesh trade. The petition claimed that the person providing the in- formation asked Mr. Bansal to meet at Nehru Place. It further said that “un- known person” demanded ₹12,000 on the pretext of making him meet the girls. “However, when the peti- tioner reached the said ad- dress, he was mercilessly beaten by many unknown people present there,” the plea said. It said that Mr. Bansal complained to the police, but nobody arrived at the site. He further said that re- peated complaint to the authorities have not yielded any positive action till date. “The police, even after repeated tip-offs, has been unable to take any action against the offenders,” the petitioner said.