Mumbai: Model ran sex racket under guise of production house
The 24-year-old model from Versova initially lured aspiring models with roles in movies and shot them in the nude; she then forced them into the flesh trade
The police busted a prostitution racket being run under the guise of a production house, at Versova on Saturday. Cops arrested a 24-year-old model and rescued two models from the den located at New MHADA Society, near Lokhandwala Circle in Versova.
Rekha Vaishnav has been arrested for running a prostitution racket under the guise of the production house. (Right) A poster of VR Entertainment outside the office
Police said the arrested woman, identified as Rekha Vaishnav, claimed to be a model, and was running the sex racket under the guise of a production house named ‘VR Entertainment.’ A special squad under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Zone IX) Satya Narayan Chowdhary busted the racket.
The DCP received information about the sex racket from a city-based NGO. It was run from the production house located on Raj Yog building’s 14th floor at Versova. The squad posed as fake customers, and then raided the flat and rescued two models.
According to the investigating officer from Versova police station, names of many high-profile customers were found in the documents recovered from VR Entertainment’s office.
“The girls were brought from Gujarat and Delhi. Vaishnav prepared them for nude photo shoots, after which she sent the photos to customers via WhatsApp. When the customer chose the girl, Vaishnav decided the amount to be paid,” said a police officer.
“The arrested model has acted in few low budget movies as well, and she lured struggling models to her office by offering them roles in low budget movies, and after taking them into confidence, she trapped them in the prostitution racket,” said DS Patil, police inspector from Versova police station.
“We have recovered more than 100 photos of different models, and most of them are from outside Mumbai. The arrested model was earning good money from them. Most businessmen and known faces from Bollywood were in touch with her, it has been found in the investigation,” Patil added.
The arrested model was booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and produced before the court, while the two girls were produced as victims. She has also been charged under relevant sections of the IPC for forcing girls into prostitution.
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