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Pimp held in sex trade case

Police today arrested a 25-year-old man for running a sex racket in a rented house at Patia. Today's arrest follows the interrogation of the Uzbek national who was nabbed on Monday on charges of misbehaving and assaulting cops in an inebriated state.

By LELIN MALLICK in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 27.07.17
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The accused, Tapas Jana, a resident of Bengal’s West Midnapore district, in police custody in Bhubaneswar on Thursday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar, July 26: Police today arrested a 25-year-old man for running a sex racket in a rented house at Patia. Today's arrest follows the interrogation of the Uzbek national who was nabbed on Monday on charges of misbehaving and assaulting cops in an inebriated state.

The Uzbek national is also suspected to be a part of the sex racket managed by the man in collusion with a woman partner.

The police arrested Tapas Jana, 25, a native of West Midnapore district in Bengal, for running the illegal sex trade in the rented accommodation.

"He initially identified himself as the caretaker of the duplex, but later confessed to running the illegal trade with a woman. He confessed to luring the girl into the trade. Jana was involved in communicating with the customers as well as transportation of girls and bargaining with clients for providing the escort services," said a police officer.

Earlier, the police had seized three mobiles from the accused. Sources said one of the mobiles contained around 70 photographs of women, including that of the arrested Uzbek national. The cops have also found several messages in which Jana had bargained with potential clients.

From the photographs found on the mobile phone, the police suspect the involvement of several foreign nationals in the sex racket.

"While girls from the state and neighbouring states fetch Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 for a single day, foreign nationals get anywhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. The pimps hire them on a monthly basis from Delhi and Goa and engage them in the sex trade," said a police officer.

Deputy commissioner of police, Satyabrata Bhoi said they were yet to get any communication from their counterparts in Delhi and officials of the Uzbek embassy. "We are trying to trace the owner of the duplex and others involved in the trade," said Bhoi.

The cops recovered an Aadhaar card from the possession of the girl, identifying her as 22-year-old Duniya Khan, a resident of Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi. She had later confessed that her name was Zeboo Asalina, and hailed from Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

A Jharapada jail official said no advocate had come to meet the girl. "In these circumstances, we may have to write to the Odisha State Legal Service Authority and request them to provide her with free legal service," said a jail official.