DCW notice to online search engine over role in sex racket

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New Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned an online search engine, which provides numbers for local services, to investigate its alleged role in promoting sex rackets in spas located in the city. The commission has also issued notice to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch seeking lodging of an FIR in the matter.
An official from DCW said that they received several complaints against prostitution rackets being run in spas in Delhi. As a part of its inquiry, the commission had set up an investigative team that called the online service provider and sought numbers of spas operating in south Delhi, the official added.

“Within 24 hours, our team received over 15 calls and 32 WhatsApp messages from certain spas wherein pictures of more than 150 young girls along with the rates of the services offered were shared. For instance, a message was received from a phone number wherein the picture of a young girl was sent by the spa followed by messages detailing charges of sexual services. They shared different rates on hourly basis and depending upon different services. The rates varied from Rs 2,500 to Rs 7,000,” the official said.
The DCW team only requested details of the spa service, but the so-called spas immediately provided details regarding the illegal prostitution activities they were indulging in.

The search engine management has been asked to explain their policy for background checks of the spas listed with them. The panel has sought a detailed action taken report by November 12.
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal said the blatancy and impunity with which prostitution rackets were operating in the city was shocking. “We have summoned the service provider to investigate their role in the matter and have also issued a notice to Delhi Police for immediately registering an FIR and arresting the people involved. The commission is against objectification and commercial sexual exploitation of girls and shall leave no stone unturned to stop it,” Maliwal said.

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