Sex racket spreads in Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD: A diary containing 75 names and telephone numbers has put crime branch sleuths in hot pursuit of some big names across the country while investigating the high-end prostitution racket.

Crime branch officials came up with some startling revelations about flesh trade centred in the city and spread across the country.

This information has come from a diary maintained by the main accused of the Ahmedabad ‘operations’, Rajvinder Kaur. “Kaur’s diary is very informative and we are tracking some 75 prostitution agents, who run similar rackets in different parts of the country. The names in Kaur’s diary are those whom she dealt with to source prostitutes to supply to high-society clients,” said crime branch officials.

Crime branch officials, on the basis of a tip-off by Archana Adhikari, a bar dancer from Mumbai, raided a residence near Mithakhali crossroads on November 19 and arrested Rajvinder Kaur, Ajaz Ali Mir, Bharat Makwana, Vishal Shah and a minor Uzbek girl. Uzbek girl was later sent to juvenile observation home in Odhav whereas branch officials got three-day remand for the rest of the arrested on Wednesday.

M A Gakhkhar, inspector, crime branch, investigating the case, said that Kaur had contacts with agents in various parts of the country and she used to serve to the affluent class in the city.

“We got the list of contacts from a diary at her residence near Mithakhali six roads from where she used to run the racket. The agents mentioned in the diary are from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and other places. She stated in the interrogation that she was in the profession since 1993. After working as a sex worker herself, she came in contact with an agent with whom she started supplying girls to a fixed clientele. We are probing the role of her husband in the racket. She also stated that she used to supply girls from the city to various parts of the country and had supplied many girls to various customers. As it was running in a posh area of the city, nobody got the wind of the business,” he added.

Ajaz Ali Mir was a part-time actor in low-budget movies, officials said, and had contacts with part-time girls and dancers who were part of the film unit. “Junior artists have to work on contract basis and they do not always find work. So, Mir would contact some of them and convince them to work as part-time sex workers in Mumbai. Hailing from Kashmir, he had contacts of various migrants from the Valley and he made good use of that,” said an official.

Mir, posing as event organising company employee, had brought Adhikari on pretext of a party dance but when she realised that the offer had hidden possibilities, she contacted police officials.

Bharat Makwana, resident of Paldi, is a local agent and worked on commission basis. City police had earlier nabbed him for human trafficking two years back, informed crime branch sources. Police officials are hopeful of getting more details about using dance or talent troupes for flesh trade and inter-state sex racket involving girls and minors, Gakhkhar stated.