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Friday, May 27, 2016

Cops intensify drive against prostitution

PANAJI: Goa police has intensified the drive against prostitution and officers claim that a raid is conducted every third day wherein victims are rescued.
However, with a rise in the number of the raids conducted, the pimps have now changed their method of operation due to which the police are unable to nab them in many such cases, claim officers.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Muktesh Chander’s message is clear. “They just can’t operate,” he said referring to those indulging in flesh trade activities in Goa.
Apparently, it is for the first time that action has been stepped up by the local police against flesh trade activities in the state. Earlier, it was the Crime Branch police, who were proactive against flesh trade while action from the local police stations was found wanting. However, soon after taking charge as the Goa DGP last month, Dr Chander has clearly instructed his men in uniform to “take proactive measures to curb prostitution in the state.”
“In fact, the number of raids says it all,” said Chander. “If you see, there have been a number of cases against flesh trade activities since the last several days. Every second or third day, police are conducting raids,” he said adding that he has already instructed the local police and Crime Branch to initiate stern action against prostitution activities. “We can’t tolerate such things (prostitution activities),” said Chander.
It may be recalled that last year, Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ), in its annual report on the human trafficking issue had said that action from the local police was lacking. Anyay Rahit Zindagi is the nodal non-governmental organisation (NGO) for the anti-human trafficking unit of Goa police. “Most of the girls rescued are by the Crime Branch. There have not been many rescues by the local police stations. This shows that the local police intelligence system is either not good or they are not inclined to rescue the girls,” says the report released by ARZ.

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