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Sex Parlours Sitting on HIV Bomb, 400 Under Lens

Times of India
16 May 2011
By Dwaipayan Ghosh
New Delhi, India

Killer Sleaze
After a fake friendship club and masseurtraining racket was busted on Saturday, the police are preparing to crack down on more dubious clubs. Police claim there at least 400 more ‘sex parlours’ operating in the city and their licenses can be cancelled once these are tracked down.

Besides duping people, these parlours can trigger the spread of HIV, said a police officer officer.

Delhi AIDS Control Society officials said approximately 22 per cent massage parlours in the city are potential hotbeds for HIV transmission. "We were getting frequent complaints from NGOs about such parlours and decided to investigate. We will now request National AIDS Control Organisation, Delhi police and the government to take swift action and sift fake parlours from genuine ones," said a senior official.

"Most victims do not lodge complaints as they fear social ostracization. Parlour owners too change their phone numbers frequently and they keep shifting shop from one rented premise to another. We will now take a more holistic approach to the problem," said a police officer.

The crime branch is now scanning bank details of the accused, Rajesh Singh, in the fake friendship club racket. Police are also trying to establish if similar fake clubs are being run in other parts of the country.

Singh is on the run and police suspect he could be operating more such clubs and masseur centres from other areas of west Delhi like Vikaspuri.

"If we find the gang was operating across the city and the country, we could charge them under MCOCA," said a police officer.

Police said this particular gang had been operating the racket for the past one year and was making over Rs 1.5 lakh every day by duping callers. The crime branch had on Saturday busted this gang in Janakpuri and arrested 25 people, including 20 women.

Police said Singh was paying about Rs 75,000 rent every month for three offices in Janakpuri and had cheated people in several states, including, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. In the case of friendship clubs, the caller would be asked to get himself registered by depositing Rs 1,000 in a bank account.

Once the caller registers himself, he would be offered three categories of women contacts for being friends – models for Rs 7,000, college girls for Rs 5,000 and housewives for Rs 3,000. Once the amount was transferred by the caller, Singh would withdraw it using ATM cards and the women would stop taking the calls.

For masseur training centres, they only entertained male callers. "They would be told that they would not only teach them how to become a masseur, but also provide a list of clients. The callers would be asked to pay Rs 1,000 as registration fee, Rs 3,750 for the massage kit and Rs 7,000 for the lady trainer," said Chand.

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