Published On : Wed, Sep 7th, 2016

Dubious Distinction: Nagpur gets notorious in flesh trade, stands third countrywide

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Nagpur: Blame it on increasing demand from straying ‘human carnivores’ across Nagpur, or a telling ignorance on the part of police, flesh trade is thriving in city like never before! The sex workers from across various regions of the country have infiltrated the red light areas and the secretly run illegal trade in the city. You would be jerked with the fact that Nagpur gets the dubious third position in flourishing flesh trade across the nation.

The figures of cases under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 where traps were laid, actions initiated, offenders of flesh trade arrested and finally penalized give a clear testimony to this.

According to the National Crime Control Bureau web-site, as many as two thousand five hundred and thirty nine (2,539) offenses have been registered under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 in the country in the year in 2014.

The figure showed a rise of 3.86 per cent with two thousand six hundred and forty two (2,642) offences registered in 2015 under the same act.

Now here comes the shock!

Tamil Nadu ranks first with 511 offenses lodged followed by Karnataka ranking second with 423 offenses and finally Maharashtra ranks third in this regard with 400 cases.

In Karnataka, Bengaluru ranks first with 236 offenses lodged followed by Chennai in Tamil Nadu ranking second with 201 offenses and Nagpur city in Maharashtra ranking third with 135 offenses lodged under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.

The offenses lodged in Nagpur during 2015, has surpassed metro cities like Mumbai and Pune too. Eighty five offenses were lodged in Mumbai, while 63 offenses were lodged in Pune. In 2014, only 24 offenses were registered in Nagpur under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, while 61 offenses were lodged in Pune and 58 cases were registered in Mumbai.

Apart from local women, foreign CSWs too were apprehended

Nagpur is known to the centre of the country. As compared to other cities, Nagpur is considered by many as safe in many aspects. Big townships are rapidly coming up in the city and the city is growing in leaps and bounds geographically and otherwise too. After getting status of Metro City, many star hotels have started coming up. With the growth and development, flesh trade too has shown a significant increase.

According to a Senior Police Personnel of Social Security Branch of Nagpur Crime Branch, most of the raids carried out under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 were at flats, independent bungalows and posh hotels. During the raids, apart from local Indian commercial sex workers foreign female commercial sex workers who were apprehended included Russian, Irish and Nepalese women.