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Marathi actor arrested in Goa parlour raid

Marathi actor Sachit Pati was arrested along with five others when police raided a Goa massage parlour and rescued five women, officials said today.

The six were arrested late Thursday.

Pati, who has acted in several Marathi films, is a leading name in Marathi television serials as well.

He was present at Lotus beauty parlour in Porvorim, when police raided the place and rescued five young masseurs and stylists, who were forced to double up as sex workers.

"Six people have been arrested. This includes Sachit, another patron, three employees and a woman, who was coordinating the activities of the parlour," said police inspector Rahul Parab.

Parab added that four of the women rescued were brought all the way from Darjeeling, while one woman hailed from Mumbai.

"They were given false promises of jobs as receptionists in Goa's hotels but ended up here in a massage parlour," he said.

Auda Viegas, a women's rights activist who accompanied police on the raid, said the women were being kept in inhuman conditions.

"Under the facade of massage parlour something else was going on. The girls were also kept under inhuman conditions in a small cubicle, after they did what they were told to do in the massage parlour. They could not even communicate with anyone," Viegas said.
 

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