Hyderabad: Sex racket run by hotelier busted, 16 women rescued

Hyderabad: The Central Zone Task Force of the Hyderabad police busted a sex racket rescued 16 women from the flesh trade and shifted them to safe homes on January 20, Saturday.

They also arrested the racket’s alleged perpetrators S Akhilesh alias Akhilesh Phailwan, the proprietor of Fortune Hotel in Ramnagar, along with the hotel’s manager-cum-receptionist Ragupathi.

The police said four customers and two pimps were also arrested. They said that the women were brought to Hyderabad with offers of jobs and were pushed into the trade.

The rescued women were shifted to safe homes, they informed.

Akhilesh and Ragupathi have been charged by the police under Sections 370 and 370A of the Indian Penal Code for trafficking and exploitation of trafficked persons.

Additionally, the police have seized 22 mobile phones from the accused. The accused allegedly charged customers between Rs 3,000-5,000 per hour for the service they provided.