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Police smash prostitution network in Cannes
By John Lichfield
18 August 2007

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French police say they have broken up a high-class prostitution ring operating in the yachts and luxury hotel rooms of Cannes.

Dozens of young women, including former models and beauty contestants, and their wealthy Middle Eastern clients were briefly held after a series of raids on flats and hotels on the waterfront. Sixteen alleged ringleaders, including a 43-year-old, Italian-based Lebanese model agency boss, have been held in custody.

Among the hotels raided was the Carlton, one of the most select hotels in the world, used by movie stars and film executives during the film festival each May. The raids were conducted by officers from the Paris-based Office Central pour la Répression de la Traite des Etrês Humains - literally the office for the repression of slavery. This is an arm of the Police Nationale which deals with elaborate and international prostitution rings.

Police sources said that they believed the Lebanese model agency boss has been operating a high class prostitution business on the Côte d'Azur since the early summer. Meetings were arranged in luxury hotel rooms or aboard yachts moored offshore. A night spent with one or more young women could cost up to €30,000 (£20,000), a police source told the newspaper, Le Parisien. Police said they had uncovered the ring through telephone taps. They believe that the Lebanese model agency boss, named only as Elias N, had approached "retired" models and beauty contestants from as far afield as Venezuela and the United States.

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Police officer charged with prostitution
Part-timer for Newport Township arrested in sting at W-B motel.

22 August 2007

WILKES-BARRE, PA - A Newport Township part-time police officer was working as an escort when he was arrested in a prostitution sting at a Wilkes-Barre motel on Friday, according to arrest papers.

Levi Gibbon Jr., 40, of East North Street, Wilkes-Barre, was charged by the state police Organized Crime Unit with a single count of prostitution. He was arraigned before Hanover Township District Judge Joseph Halesey and released on $5,000 bail.

Newport Township Solicitor Richard Shiptoski said Gibbon has been suspended without pay until resolution of the charge, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Gibbon couldn"t be reached for comment on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint:

State police and the Luzerne County District Attorney"s Office were involved in a prostitution sting at the Wilkes-Barre Lodge motel on Kidder Street.

An informant told authorities that Gibbon was working as an escort and was to show up at 4 p.m. to meet a client in room 141.

Gibbon, carrying a blue mini cooler, knocked on the door and was greeted by an undercover trooper posing as a client.

Once inside the room, Gibbon discussed with the trooper sexual acts that would be performed for an amount of money, the criminal complaint says.

Gibbon began to undress as he accepted $200 in marked money. A signal was given to surveillance teams, who entered the room and arrested Gibbon.

Police said Gibbon admitted in a written statement that he was working as an escort and expected to receive money for sexual favors, the criminal complaint says.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Central Court.

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Court guard on trial for prostitution

FRANKLIN, N.H., March 15 (UPI) -- A former court security officer in Franklin, N.H., is on trial for allegedly offering a local couple $20 an hour to have sexual intercourse while he watched.

Prosecutors told the jury Robert Theriault told the couple they would be testing bed sheets and condoms for insurance research, the Concord (N.H.) Monitor reported Thursday.

The couple said they were skeptical of Theriault's claims but were convinced to participate because of Theriault's employment with the court. They said they needed the money for a court fine and asked Theriault to film them while he watched because they wanted a tape of themselves.

The couple came forward after hearing of other allegations against Theriault by a second couple. He is scheduled for a separate trial for those allegations and jurors in the current trial are not aware of the charges.

Theriault is charged with six counts of prostitution.

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Mass trial begins over French-Thai prostitution ring

NANTES, France, Sept 3, 2007 (AFP) - Twenty-seven people went on trial Monday in western France accused of running a prostitution ring whose profits were laundered via a luxury property development in Thailand.

French police arrested some 40 people in 2004 after discovering a double bookkeeping system in 11 hostess bars in the western cities of Rennes and Nantes, suspected of operating as brothels.

Part of the bars' turnover was embezzled and used to finance an eight-villa property development in Thailand.

Two of the suspected ringleaders -- bar managers Didier Chevalier, 50, and Bertrand Menay, 45 -- are charged with procuring prostitution, embezzling company funds and money-laundering.

A third, Lionel Chevalier, 43, is on the run from police in Thailand and will be tried in absentia on the same charges during the two-week trial.

The remaining defendants, who include 13 women, are accused of running a prostitution racket and of laundering funds.

Testifying in court, several bar customers said they received sexual favours from hostesses, some saying they spent up to 70,000 euros (95,000 dollars) at the bars, where a bottle of champagne sold for up to 380 euros.

"I must have bought two or three bottles, and the girl gave me oral sex," one of them told the court, while others said they tipped hostesses for favours, in cash or by blank cheque.

Several hostesses admitted on Monday having agreed to oral sex and full intercourse with customers in the bars' private rooms -- "to pay off debts" one of them said.

"The bosses knew about it, but told us not to mention anything to outsiders," she said.

Both Chevalier and Menay denied any knowledge of prostitution on their premises.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 7:00 am 
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Men who buy sex could face prosecution

Tania Branigan, political correspondent
Monday September 10, 2007
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Ministers are considering proposals to prosecute men for buying sex in a new effort to curb the demand for prostitution, the Guardian has learned.

Senior members of the government are discussing whether to criminalise the purchase, rather than sale, of sex - as Sweden did eight years ago - in part because of the growth in sex trafficking. According to the government, 85% of women in brothels come from outside the UK.

Men have been convicted for trafficking women into Britain, but none has been prosecuted for paying for sex with women or girls forced into the sex trade.

One minister acknowledged the move would be "quite a dramatic step", but added: "There's no doubt whatsoever it's being talked about. There is increasing awareness among senior ministers, particularly women, that demand for prostitution is an area which needs to be tackled seriously and hasn't been."

A number of senior women in government - including Jacqui Smith, the home secretary; Patricia Scotland, the attorney general; Vera Baird, solicitor general; and Harriet Harman, leader of the house - are thought to be sympathetic to the calls.

Other proposals being considered include large-scale programmes to name and shame men caught kerb crawling, which is already illegal. But campaigners believe that only by criminalising clients can they help women working in brothels as well as on the streets and send out a signal that paying for sex is not acceptable.

Fiona Mactaggart MP, who as a home office minister was in charge of tackling prostitution until last year, said: "The criminal justice bill that comes back on the first day [after the parliamentary recess] includes changes to the prostitution strategy. It would be possible to put into it some amendment which deals with this issue of men who pay for sex," she said.

She dismissed arguments that prostitution was an inevitable part of society, adding: "We have always had murder - that doesn't make it right. The price of prostitution is enormously high for women...[And] the more vulnerable the woman is, the cheaper the price is for men."

Denis MacShane MP, a former minister and campaigner against sex trafficking, added: "Until you have the Wilberforce moment when you say those who buy [sex] are just as guilty as those who are selling [women], it will continue to grow. It's not until there is a regular flow of men before the courts because they have paid for sex with illegally trafficked sex slaves that we will see a change in culture."

A Home Office spokeswoman said it had no current plans to criminalise paying for sex. But the Guardian understands that the proposal is being discussed informally with a view to longer-term action.

The government has won praise from unexpected sources for other socially conservative measures recently, ranging from scrapping plans for a supercasino to launching a review of media violence and its impact on children and young people.

Sweden criminalised buying sex but decriminalised selling it eight years ago. Supporters of the scheme say it has slashed the number of brothels and clients and cut the level of sex trafficking into the country to hundreds of women. But some critics have suggested that women who remain in the sex industry have become more vulnerable as a result of the reforms.

In a recent study by the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, researchers asked men arrested for kerb crawling to pick from a list of factors which might deter them from buying sex. While some agreed that large fines or being publicly shamed would do so, none cited knowing that a woman was forced into prostitution.

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Pakistan 'prostitutes' beheaded

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Suspected Islamic militants in north-western Pakistan have beheaded two women they accused of being prostitutes, police say.

The bodies of the two women were found by villagers on the outskirts of the city of Bannu.

A note found on the bodies accused the women of "acts of obscenity", a term that usually refers to prostitution.

The region is a known base for militants who want to impose their interpretation of Islamic law.

Police said the women were travelling in a three-wheeled vehicle when masked and armed men overpowered them and bundled them into a car.

Senior district police officer Dar Khattak told Reuters news agency it was the first time militants had directly targeted and killed women in the region.

The note read: "We have started doing this to end obscenity in the area."

Music and movie shops in the region have also been targeted by militants.

Militant attacks in the north-west have increased since the army ousted radical Islamists from the Red Mosque in the capital, Islamabad, in July. More than 100 people were killed in the operation.

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JAL mechanic busted for paying minor for sex

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

TOKYO — A 49-year-old mechanic for Japan Airlines at Haneda airport was arrested for paying a 17-year-old girl for sexual favors, police said Tuesday. The man, identified as Takeharu Goto, allegedly gave 25,000 yen to the unemployed girl for sexual favors at a hotel in Ikebukuro in July, police said.


The two met through a telephone voice-mail dating service and have met twice for sex since May. "The girl was my type, so I paid her to have sex with me," Goto was quoted as saying.

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Kent man accused of forcing girls into prostitution

SEATTLE (AP) -- A Kent man accused of forcing runaway teenage girls into prostitution has been charged by King County prosecutors.

Police say 34-year-old Christopher I. Hutton, forced at least four girls into prostitution on Pacific Highway South this year and took their money.

Police says Hutton acknowledged that prostitutes came to his house, but he denied being a pimp. He's jailed in Kent on $750,000 bail, awaiting arraignment Wednesday on a charge of promoting prostitution.

Another man accused of helping Hutton, 25-year-old Michael Veidt of Spanaway, is charged with kidnapping and rape. He's jailed in Tacoma on $250,000 bail.

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Spanish raids break up Chinese prostitution racket

MADRID, Sept 26, 2007 (AFP) - Spanish police on Wednesday said they had arrested 39 Chinese -- 28 prostitutes and 11 pimps -- in a clampdown on escort services in the eastern city of Barcelona.

Police raided 11 apartments to smash the prostitution ring.

They plan criminal charges against the alleged pimps for aiding illegal immigration and sexual exploitation. The prostitutes are to be deported home.

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After-school sex specials 'Brothel targeted High School kids'
By Perry Chiaramonte

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PINGPONG 'PIMPS': Teens phoning a number on a calling card were directed to this game hall, where they allegedly bought playing cards good for sex-tracurricular activity.

September 28, 2007 -- Teens at a Lower East Side high school were getting their sex education outside the classroom after being targeted by pimps who lured them to a nearby brothel and enticed them with cut-rate romps, law-enforcement sources said yesterday.

The brothel, at 39 Eldridge St., was recently shut down by NYPD vice cops following complaints from outraged parents who learned that their sons at Pace HS across the street were targeted by the sleazy operators, the sources said.

Police sources said that a pingpong hall was a front for the whorehouse in the back of the establishment, and that it was run by Benjie Zheng, 47, who lived a few blocks away, and Ming Liuchang, 48, of Queens.

The men would try to lure students to the Robo-Pong Training Center by distributing business cards outside the school, sources said. The cards were printed only with a contact number, an image of a topless woman - and a word, "Good."

Zheng and Liuchang allegedly recruited immigrant women off the street to peddle flesh in hidden rooms at the center, whose hours were posted on a sign adorned with rulers and pencils and the words "School Days."

The men were arrested in a Sept. 18 sting operation, along with two suspected prostitutes and Heng Yu Ye, 46, who owned the pingpong parlor.

The alleged cathouse was shuttered for good after the bust. Two undercover detectives paid cash after Zheng told them, "You can pick any of these girls for sex, and it will cost you $35," according a criminal court complaint.

Investigators allege that over the past month, the owners drummed up business by hawking their services directly in front of the school, which has an entrance on Hester Street.

"It doesn't surprise me. There are guys handing out cards with naked girls on them all the time around here," said Ivy Lee, a senior at Pace HS.

Those who called the business-card number were given the address and upon arriving, allegedly paid fees ranging from $35 to $60 in exchange for a playing card that served as a chit for sexual services in secret back rooms.

The rates were apparently designed to attract students who might not have wanted to wait until prom night.

"It was obvious that they were targeting young students, because the prices were so low," said one disgusted police official, adding, "Most brothels charge at least $100."

Once the young johns made their way to the rooms, they were allegedly greeted by a choice of two prostitutes who took the card as payment for services rendered.

The women allegedly would return the cards to Zheng at the end of their shifts, receiving $15 for each one.

Calls to a representative for the Pace HS PTA were not immediately returned.

Investigators paid a return visit to the parlor twice last week with a warrant to see if the operators, released on bail, had reopened, but the premises remained shuttered.

Zheng and his workers are due back in court in January where they face prostitution charges, according to online records.

Additional reporting by Julia Dahl
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Videos of Madrid prostitutes and clients put on YouTube

Paul Hamilos in Madrid
Friday October 5, 2007
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A Spanish neighbourhood watch association hopes that the video-sharing website YouTube can help clean up their streets of the prostitution that they say the local government has done nothing to curb.

The residents of Montera, one of the main shopping streets in the heart of Madrid, have posted 30 videos recorded on hand-held cameras of prostitutes and their pimps to show what they say is the regular street traffic they suffer night after night.

The videos appear to show prostitutes negotiating with clients and then going into a doorway that neighbours say is used as a brothel.

Hetaria, an association that defends the rights of prostitutes in Spain, has denounced the residents' actions for breaching the prostitutes' right to privacy. The Spanish Data Protection Agency has announced that it is investigating whether the recording of these videos breaks any privacy laws, especially now that the videos are available on the web. Residents could find themselves facing fines of up to €600,000 (£415,000).

The Montera residents' association has defended its actions, saying: "The videos barely reflect what is really going on, which is impossible to film without being lynched by the prostitutes and pimps, who have taken over the street as if it were their own." They argue that the videos show a public space, not private property, and do not target specific individuals. The neighbours say that there are 100 prostitutes working within the space of barely 30 metres.

Although the local town hall has promised to install CCTV cameras, residents say that will not solve the problem. They argue that the only thing that has changed recently is the nationality of the prostitutes, who previously were mainly Latin Americans, but now tend to come from eastern Europe. "We have to bring an end to this," one neighbour, who has lived on the street for eight years, told El Mundo newspaper.

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Teen suicide spurs war on child prostitution
Wed Nov 28, 2007
By Mickey Goodman

ATLANTA (Reuters) - At the age of 15, Samantha Walker was lured into prostitution on the streets of Toledo, Ohio, then taken against her will to Atlanta.

What makes her story different from thousands of others is that she testified against one of the men who paid for sex with her, helping to send him to prison.

But just weeks after the trial she took an overdose of drugs she was taking for depression and died at the age of 18.

More than 300,000 children are being sexually exploited in the United States, according to a study by the University of Pennsylvania.

Many of them end up in Atlanta, which authorities say has become a hub for prostitution in part because its busy airport makes it a destination for men seeking sex.

Where in the past pimps advertised the girls who worked for them on the walls of men's rest rooms or on street corners, these days they use online bulletin boards like craigslist (http://www.craigslist.org/).

Customers set up liaisons after seeing girls on the sites, and then pay the girl or the pimp directly on the street, according to the Atlanta Police Vice Department.

Solomon Gort, a married man with two children, a white-collar job and a home in Atlanta's suburbs, offered Walker's pimp $50 for oral sex with her in June 2004.

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December 12, 2007
"Lose Control and You're Done"
No Holiday for High Risk Sex Workers

By MARTHA ROSENBERG

Chicago, IL

A year after English prostitutes Tania Nicol, Gemma Adams, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell were found murdered within ten days of each other, Ipswich is breathing a little easier.

Only six women are still working the streets, down from 40, thanks to the drug rehabilitation and financial services offered by the charity the Iceni Project.

Over 100 johns--kerb-crawlers as UK calls them--have been arrested through license plate recognition cameras. And a suspect, Steve Wright, 49, of London Road, Ipswich, is in custody and goes on trial in January.

Vancouver, British Columbia, is also breathing easier with the conviction of pig farmer Robert Pickton for six of 50 prostitute murders he is suspected of after a ten month trial with 128 witnesses.

Hopefully they are the only murderers!

After arresting Gregory Clepper for the wave of grisly sex worker slayings in the 1990's in Chicago--he allegedly confessed to strangling 40 women--police had to arrest Geoffrey Griffin for seven more murders of women in high risk lifestyles, Hubert Geralds for six and Andre Crawford for 11. And no one feels safe even yet.

Nor is Atlantic City, New Jersey back to normal.

Key suspect Terry Oleson, 35, was released and not charged with the murders of Kim Raffo, Barbara Breidor, Molly Jean Dilts and Tracy Ann Roberts, who were found murdered a year ago behind the $27-a-night Golden Key Motel where he was staying, on Black Horse Pike road.

And women continue to work the area.

Like Shorty, a sex worker from Philadelphia, PA who told the Associated Press she stills works Pacific Avenue but not Black Horse Pike.

"I try to stay in control," she says. "I tell them where I'll go with them. Lose control, and you're done."

Caution was also the watchword for China soon after her cousin Kizzy Macon,17, was murdered in Chicago, thought to be one of Gregory Clepper's victims.

"She [Kizzy] thought it was a game. I kept telling her to slow down. It ain't no game. But Kizzy would get high with anybody," China told the Chicago Tribune in 1996 while admitting she also got high and was intimate with Clepper and was still on the streets taking risks after he was arrested. "I didn't know he would kill her," China said.

But others say, you only feel safe--that street prostitution is a daily subpoena to death.

You get in a car to get high, say drug-using women who've survived, and when you emerge not robbed, cheated, raped, knifed, shot, beaten up, strangled, abducted or arrested but paid--that's an even bigger high.

And you do it again.

It's cash, love, sex, attention, drugs and the thrill of getting away with it rolled into one is how prostitute Pam Bolton described it to the Chicago Sun-Times in 1995, weeks before being fatally shot herself by a man in a red car. "This street life is more addictive than cocaine. More addictive than heroin," she said.

For years Hollywood has shown prostitutes in movies like Pretty Woman, Risky Business and Trading Places as victims of pimps, johns and bad childhoods who just need a little love. Even the news media like to focus on women who are trafficked and forced into sex work. But the truth is women don't get in cars because they have low self esteem, abusive parents or bills to pay. And even the 12-year-old prostitute Travis so famously saves in Taxi Driver would likely be back on the street tomorrow. Mom and Dad, stuffed animals and homework are no match for a street addiction.

Some women who survived the Chicago scourge appear in a documentary, "Turning A Corner," by the Prostitution Alternatives Roundtable (PART), a network of prostitution survivors and public agencies advocating for legislative change, produced by Salome Chasnoff of Beyondmedia as part of a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless campaign last year.

Nothing could break her addiction says one prostitute until a john dragged her two blocks with his car while fleeing the police and she almost lost an eye and had her face nearly scraped off.

Another's "wake up call" happened, she says, when her friend was found dead in the alley--and sexually mutilated.

"If I risk a date again, I'll use," says a third. "And if I use, I'll die."

It's not easy leaving the street behind agrees Brian Tobin director of the Iceni Project which is helping women recover from the streets in Ipswich,

"I have got a lot of respect for the women who after many years, are working so hard to live a healthy and better existence," says Tobin. "We have the easy part. It is the women themselves who are having to elicit so much change and I think that is fantastic."

Martha Rosenberg is staff cartoonist on the Evanston Roundtable. She can be reached at mrosenberg@evmark.org

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By Stuart Robinson

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A WOMAN who ran a high-class vice den from a luxury Leeds farm employed a sex worker brought into the country by gangsters.

Jun Laio, 32, escaped jail yesterday after a jury had convicted her of running the brothel at the sprawling 14-acre Whinmoor Grange Farm.

The court heard she had duped the owner of the farmstead into renting the property to her.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that Laio, of Lady Beck Close, Leeds acquired the property after running into difficulties with a similar venture elsewhere.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said there was no doubt that Laio was "actively and managerially involved in the sex trade in the north if not further afield."

Handing Laio a nine month suspended sentence with a 12 month supervision order, the judge said: "I am satisfied that you were largely if not solely responsible for not only acquiring the farm but for running it and for employing staff including without doubt one particular lady who had been introduced into this country by those who can only be described as gangsters."

At Laio's trial in November last year, Leeds Crown Court heard that she had rented the farm, including four bedrooms, two bathrooms, reception rooms and a granny flat, for £1,200 per month after it was advertised to let in the Yorkshire Evening Post by owner Paul Andrews.

Regular adverts were taken out advertising "Oriental massage" but two men gave evidence at the trial who were offered and partook in sex for sale at the site.

Police were alerted and cautioned Laio but she continued operating. When police raided the property later, they recovered bags containing condoms, lubricant and a vibrator along with naked pictures of Chinese women taken at the farm.

Laio's trail heard that she had £160,000 lodged in various accounts.

As well as the suspended sentence, Laio, who had no previous convictions, was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work. A proceeds of crime order to establish financial penalties is ongoing.

The judge also revealed at the start of the case that Laio had sent him both Christmas and New Year cards which he yesterday gave back to the defence.

He said: "I take it that it can be understood that regrettably that can have no effect on my attitude to the case."

stuart.robinson@ypn.co.uk

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post.

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Sex racket busted, seven held
28 Jan 2008

NAGPUR, India: Seven persons, including a college girl and four women, were arrested, after police unearthed a flesh trade racket in two beauty parlours in the city.

Police sources said the employees of Mahesh professional unisex saloon and Mahesh saloon and beauty parlour at Ramdaspeth area in the city were running the racket for last two years. "The student belongs to a reputed college but it seems that she entered the profession to earn some fast money. We are yet to interrogate her," sub-inspector Pradeep Lande of special squad said after the raid.

The college student was reportedly "engaged' in both the beauty parlours where the special squad of zonal deputy commissioner of police Suresh Mekala conducted the raid. Police also arrested two owners of the beauty parlour as well as another employee. A case under relevant sections of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act has been registered at Sitabuldi police station.

Owner Mahesh Sitaram Mondekar and his younger brother Suresh were arrested along with their employee Vijay Landge after the special team laid a trap, informed sub-inspector Lande. He added that four mobiles, cash Rs 7,000, condom packets and other documents were seized during the raid. "Police had sent an informer in the guise of a customer who tipped off the team which was waiting outside," informed Lande.

"For last one month or so we were keeping close vigil on the parlours," said PSI Lande who was accompanied by constable Anand Wankhede and others. They had conducted a raid at a beauty parlour near Mecosabagh last year.

Source: Times of India.

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