The police have identified the two women as a Bengali TV serial actor and a Telugu movie actor.

Hyderabad police bust sex work racket rescue two women actorsImage for representation
news Crime Monday, December 18, 2017 - 07:51

Hyderabad police on Sunday claimed to have busted a high-profile sex work racket and saved two women actors.

Police identified the two actors as a woman who acted in a Telugu movie and a Bengali TV serial actor.

Deputy Commissioner of Police P Radhakishan Rao said simultaneous raids were conducted at two five-star hotels in upscale Banjara Hills in the early hours of Sunday.

The Commissioner's Task Force, which conducted the raids on two rooms in Taj Deccan and Taj Banjara hotels, nabbed two 'organisers', who were identified as Monish Kadakia, casting director for Bollywood Telugu and Tamil films and D Venkat Rao, a sex work organiser.

An amount of Rs 55,000 in cash, three mobile phones and one car were recovered from the possession of the two accused, the officer added.

According to police, the 24-year-old woman victim, a resident of Mumbai and hailing from Gujarat's Himatnagar district, was rescued from room no 328 of Taj Deccan, while the 20-year-old from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas was rescued from room no. 412, Taj Banjara.

Police said that Kadakia is a native of Mumbai, and casting director and event manager with contacts in Bollywood and Tollywood.

He had booked the room in Taj Deccan by "procuring" upcoming actor Richa to attract the wealthy customers. The organiser collected Rs 30,000 to 50,000 from customers.

Venkata Rao, a native of Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, had booked the room in another hotel by "procuring" the Bengali TV actress.

The two accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) and an investigation is underway.

Another organiser Janardhan alias Jani is absconding.

This is not the first time that actors have been arrested on charges of sex work. In 2014, an actress from Mumbai was caught on similar charges. However, she was acquitted by a court in December that year.

(With IANS inputs)


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