How it all started
The Lasudia police on the night of January 23 arrested a hotel owner, his staff and three women.
Acting on a tip off, cops, disguising themselves as prospective customers, raided Shivratna Hotel. Consequently, three women, hotel owner Rajendra Pahawa and two workers Deepak and Ashraf were arrested.
Payal, the kingpin of the prostitution ring could not be nabbed.
Police told Hindi daily, Dainik Bhaskar, that Payal was running a website, Indore Escort Service, which displayed obscene pictures of women alongwith the phone number of an agent.
However, this crackdown was not a one-off incident. According to Indore news circles, the clean-up at Shivratna Hotel was the second such attempt by cops following the busting of another sex racket at a lodge in front of the MY Hospital by the Sanyogitaganj police earlier in the evening of January 23.
Police held seven couples from different rooms of the lodge in a compromising position, of which one of the girls claimed to be a class 12 student while two others said they were college students. One of the girls told the police she was a salesgirl.
Town inspector Anil Rathore said the raid was conducted by SI Ravindra Mishra at Nirmala Lodge.
The arrested youths were identified as Raees, Ashish, Anmol, Sandeep, Daulat, Devendra and Pushpakant.
According to Rathore, the lodge was owned by one Satyadev Sharma, who stayed on the floor above. The police could not find him at the time of the raid.
The issue is still being probed.
The larger issue
Even as Indore Hindi news dailies and the local media were outraged at the existence of prostitution rackets in the city. The larger issue still remains if we as Indians have failed to come to terms with reality – that prostitution does exist and has been a thriving business.
Legalising prostitution, the oldest profession on the Earth, can in fact bring down the rate of rapes, according to an American research.
Indian novelist and columnist Khushwant Singh, also suggests same when he says, "...[A] necessary step [to prevent rape] is to legalise prostitution — carried out in brothels or by call-girls — provided the sex workers are adults and have not been forced into the trade. The more you try to put down prostitution, the higher will be the incidence of crime against innocent women. You may find the idea repulsive but ponder over it and you will realise there is substance in the argument."
So would you denounce prostitution in the name of Indian culture and follow Indore Hindi news circles in condemning it or would you rather be a crusader for making it legal and help the tens of thousands of vulnerable sex workers across India? It is a choice for the rational mind.
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Article Added on Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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