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Monday, June 27, 2016

‘Escort websites still drive prostitution biz’

Panaji: While the central government may have blocked 237 websites running escort services, hundreds of similar websites remain up and running and drive most of the prostitution dealings in Goa, crime branch officers said.
With technology driving the world's oldest profession, cops agree that cracking down on escort service websites, many of which have servers in other countries, is difficult.
Over the last couple of months, Goa police has started cracking down on prostitution rackets operating in the state. Speaking to TOI, superintendent of police (SP), crime branch, Karthik Kashyap said that it has been revealed that most of the prostitution rackets are being run through escort services.
"This year, Goa police busted 15 prostitution rackets operating through escort websites," he said.
After raids, when Goa police verify cell numbers used by the pimps to contact customers, it has come to the notice of investigation agencies, that those are the same numbers which are available on websites running escort services.
Kashyap said that most of the websites are operated from outside the state. "When any customer calls the cell number available on the website, it is connected to those persons sitting in Delhi, Mumbai and other places and who are operating the prostitution business," he added.
Explaining further, Kashyap said that after a pimp sitting in Delhi strikes a deal with the customer, he, through a local contact, supplies the girl to the customer in Goa.
Last year, after two Delhi-based escort girls were gangraped at Arpora, Goa police had come up with a strategy to clamp down on escort businesses operating through websites.
In another case that was registered at the Panaji police station, police informers had contacted a Bollywood actor, through a pimp, by getting her number through a website.
Police said that there are thousands of websites that provide escort services to tourists visiting the state. As and when a case is reported, the police recommend that the site be blocked.

TOI Goa News

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