Bangalore, April 8 (IANS): In a major crackdown, Karnataka police busted a human trafficking racket with the arrest of seven people. City Crime Branch (CCB) detectives rescued 17 women who were all to be transported to Dubai.
Police collected information on 95 women sent to Dubai and seized 17 passports.
The defendants used to entrap junior entertainers by luring them to earn money in lakhs per month. They also attracted girls who worked in event management companies.
The accused provided an advance of 50,000 rupees and helped them obtain a visa for Dubai and sent them there. The gang targeted women from the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab.
The accused had ties to the owners of dance bars in Dubai. Once the girls landed in Dubai, they were forced to perform at dance bars. Later, the owners of the dance bar forced them to attract customers and entertain them.
If the girls refuse to do so, they are mentally and physically tortured. The victims were asked to immediately return the money from the advance. As the girls used up the money taken as an advance, they were forced to continue working.
One of the victims who got trapped with the gang had approached Hennur Police Station in Bangalore and filed a complaint. Later, given the seriousness of the matter, it was handed over to the CCB for further investigation.
Police arrested three defendants from Karnataka and four from Tamil Nadu.
Those arrested are identified as Basavaraju Shankarappa Kalasad (43) a young artist from Koppal, Adarsha alias Adi (28), a dancer from Mysuru, Rajendra Nachimuttu (32) from Salem in Tamil Nadu, Mariyappan (44) an artist agent from Chennai, Chandu (20) from Bengaluru, T. Ashok (29) from Pondicherry and S. Rajiv Gandhi (35) from Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu.
Further investigation is underway.