Foreigners running Goa’s high-end sex trade online
December 27, 2012
PANJIM: Now, sex is available at the click of a button in Goa with international players running trafficking, prostitution and sleaze rackets on the shores of the State via websites hosted in foreign countries, police investigators have told HERALD. White skin is "in demand" in the flesh
trade where customers pay thousands of rupees to procure sex workers from Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union and South-East Asian countries like Thailand.
The prostitution racket run through the internet is much more complex than the conventional pimp-sex worker deal and is proving to be beyond the capacity of Goa Police to crack who admit unofficially that is near-impossible to track down the masterminds. The girls trafficked into Goa to have sex with paying customers are referred to in the trade as "Russian Girls" but are usually from the lesser known countries surrounding Russia.
An investigation by this correspondent revealed just how easily and openly this sleaze racket is being run via cyberspace. Websites are brazen in their operations and all details of the trafficked women and the mobile number of their pimps is prominently carried. It's not that the police don't know about the racket or have not tried to crack down on it ~ in the recent past, State cops went after one such website but the case made no progress as the operations were being carried out from beyond the nation’s borders. And as the ugly fact of sex tourism in Goa makes ever deeper inroads, these websites are making big money. In many other aborted investigations the police have run up against a brick wall as the internet hosting sites and web administrators are usually based outside India.
www.russianescortsgoa.com, www.topix.com, www.ultimatemodelescorts.com, www.highprofilemodelescorts.com, www.escortdelhijulia.com, are just five such websites, our investigations revealed, that ostensibly promise "Russian escorts in Goa" apart from those of other nationalities and from various Indian states.
Posing as a decoy customer, a HERALD reporter called a number ~ 98677843** (last two digits withheld to deny publicity to this illegal activity) ~ picked up from one of the above websites and spoke to a person who identified himself as "Dev". In no time at all he was openly promising that he would "supply girls to any hotel". His "rates" were, as he described them, "foreign girls including Russian, Malaysian, Thailand and other countries are charged Rs 15,000 for three hours whereas Indian girls from states like Punjab, Maharashtra and Goa among others are available at Rs 12,000 for the same period". "Dev" claimed that to ensure "good service" foreign girls are aged between 20 and 23 and Indian girls between 20 and 28 years. If a prospective male "client" is in Panjim, these so-called escort services do not bother them with travelling too far ~ the "client" is asked to book a hotel in Panjim where the girls would be "supplied". The sleaze chain seems to include hotels in Panjim some of which, especially in the Patto and Campal areas, are suspected to be involved in the racket.
Another number, 99204768**, picked up from one of the websites was dialed by a HERALD reporter in the course of the investigation. A person who introduced himself as "Karan" picked up the phone and promised "domestic girls who will satisfy the client". He claimed he has "college girls and housewives on his staff". “Tell me the hotel room number and we will send a girl there. If you don’t like her, ask her to return back and we will send you another girl,” he told a HERALD reporter impersonating a prospective client for this report. "Karan" said these girls are "available at Rs 10,000 for two hours".
The pimps are not scared of the police at all and all of them reassured the impersonator and told him "not to worry". The websites make clear in "messages" for visitors to the site what they are offering: "Many men traveling to various cities in India all alone are increasingly seeking the services of female escorts in Goa. They want to bid adieu to loneliness in companionship of hot and sexy ladies... These are not typical call girls, but real high-class ladies with charisma, talent and enthusiasm. Gentlemen who require our Goa escort service are of a high stature... Our exclusive service is not for just anyone.” Such messages are followed by the website address and a contact phone number. Many of these websites have uploaded either nude or skimpily-clad women’s photographs with titillating "messages" to lure in punters.
In 2012 alone, more than 50 raids have taken place at various places including massage parlors wherein police have rescued nearly 50 girls including from Thailand, Soviet Union and Russia besides domestic victims of the sex trade.