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Chargesheet filed against Porvorim parlour owners

PANAJI: The women and child protection unit of the Goa police has filed a chargesheet against owners of Lotus beauty parlour, Porvorim, for allegedly bringing girls from Nagaland and Mizoram with a promise of providing them with jobs in a beauty parlour and then pushing them into commercial sex work.

The chargesheet has been filed in the Children's court as well as JMFC court, Mapusa, as of the 11 victims rescued, one was a minor.

Police had received information that the girls were forced into flesh trade while they were working at Lotus parlour and that the three victim girls from Mizoram had escaped from the parlour and taken shelter in Betalbatim. Police rescued the three girls, of which one was a minor, who informed that more girls are in flesh trade at the parlour.

Police then raided the parlour and rescued 8 girls from Nagaland, Mizoram and Belgaum. They arrested the parlour owner, Shanta alias Laxmi Mishra, 46, and her employees Rashid Khan, 22, Mohammad Khan, 25, Mohammad Khalid, 25, Mohammad Arif, 21, Nawab I, 27. Later on December 15, 2011, the police arrested Laxmi's husband Harikant alias Harish Mishra, 31. Another accused Alex Hayub from Nagaland is absconding. A case has been booked against the accused under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA) and Goa Children's Act.

The chargesheet reveals that the girls have in their statement said that an advertisement had appeared in a newspaper in Nagaland for work in a spa in Goa and they had appeared for interview before Harish in Nagaland. However, they were brought to Goa and entrusted with the work of giving massage and as beauticians for both male and female customers. They also revealed that 3 girls from Mizoram were beaten up by the accused Laxmi as they refused to have sex with the customers.

~ Times of India
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