Receiving a tip-off that a prostitution racket was active, Kashimira police on Friday night raided a spa at Hatkesh Road in Mira Road. They rescued four women and arrested the owner of Toros Spa and Saloon.
Kashimira police rescued four women between the age of 20 and 30 years. Acting on a tip-off, Police on Friday raided the spa situated at 1st floor of Golden City Complex, on Hatkesh Road. The arrested accused has identified as Toros Abraham Magardichiyan (owner, 32) a resident of 7/11 Residency, Kanakia Road in Mira Road.
The women told that the owner brought them on the pretext of giving job in the spa. However, they forcibly put in the flesh trades.
The police said Magardichiyan recruited women as massage therapists in the spa. However, he takes advantage of their helplessness and offers them extra money for satisfying the physical needs of the customers. However, the spa charged customers Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 for immoral activities. Nevertheless, the Spa provides rooms inside the establishment to the customers.
“The Police has raided the Toros Spa after a decoy customer went inside and informed us about the activities. After he gave a signal to us, we conducted a raid at the spa. Nevertheless, we caught them red-handed,” said Sanjay Hazare, Senior Police Inspector, Kashimira Police Station.
The police have sent the women to the correction home while the accused has been sent to the police custody.
Hazare said, “The rescued women have told us that they were sexually exploited at the spa. However, we are trying to trace those who had involved in trafficking women.”
Accused booked under sections
Police have registered a case against the accused under section 3, 4, 5 of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, 1959. Police have also charged them under section 370(3) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Some have employed foreign nationals and are brazenly floating online advertisements on prominent web portals. They are doing this to lure potential clientele by offering massage services.
Apart from a few genuine ones, most of the spas and wellness centres have created small cubicles in their premises to offer sexually charged cross-massage services.