Bengaluru Police will participate in the probe into online sex racket case involving Kiss Of Love campaigners Rahul Pashupalan and his wife and model Rashmi R. Nair.
Manorama reported that the decision to join the investigation was taken by the Bengaluru police after two girls, one of whom is 16-year-old from Yelahanka in Bengaluru, were among the victims of the sex racket.
According to The Week, the girls, who worked in a private firm near the office of one of the racketeers Linish Mathew, were offered jobs by him to lure them into the flesh trade.
IG S Sreejith, who is leading the crime branch team in Kerala, to probe into the cases of online sex racket and paedophile activities on Facebook said, “They have contacted their Kerala counterparts regarding the case. A team from Bengaluru would visit Thiruvananthapuram to meet the girls.”
The Week reported that Bengaluru police collected details of the online sex racket suspecting that the racket had trapped many young girls in the Bengaluru.
Sreejith said “They will be registering a case there based on statements of the two girls saved, that they were raped several times under the custody of the racket in Bengaluru.“
Kerala cyber police, on November 18 busted an online sex racket involving 'Kiss of Love' organisers and 12 others.
They were arrested in multiple raids conducted in Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram.
Crime Branch IG S. Sreejith said the police started the probe after they came across an advertisement of Escort service on Locanto website.
The first 'Kiss of Love' event was held on November 2 in 2014 in Kochi to protest against increasing moral policing incidents in the state. An attack on a coffee shop in Kozhikode city was the trigger for the campaign that received nationwide attention and was staged in several cities.