With police facing extreme difficulties in checking menace of drug abuse across the Jammu region, it is virtually clueless that a cruel prostitution market is booming online with young girls from rural as well as urban areas being lured in this trade.
From peripheral areas of Jammu region to the heart of Jammu city, investigation carried out by Newspoint bureau has revealed that prostitutes are carrying out their business without any fear of getting caught. Newspoint bureau did an intensive research on various websites and portals where mobile numbers have been shared and offer made for availing the service.
More shocking is the fact that police as well as crime branch maintained a complete silence when both were approached to find out steps being taken by them to put curbs on this illegal trade. Though Newspoint preferred not to press them to speak-up but it ensured that facts are brought to light so that the system swings into action and puts curbs on those involved in this trade.
Newspoint spoke to Police both retired and serving. Seeking anonymity, they shared details about how this trade was going on in Jammu. “We have to follow procedure and work within our limitations. We cannot go and arrest people purely because someone has complained. It is easy to arrest people but issue is conviction. So, we need concrete proof which is often missing. We know prostitution is reality in Jammu but our hands are tied,” said a retired police officer.
According to Newspoint investigation, local Chowks, matador stands, bus stands and crowded places of the city including Gummat Chowk, Jewel Chowk, K.C Chowk, Bikram Chowk, Warehouse, Main Stop, Nai Basti, Satwari Chowk, Panjtirthi and Indira Chowk besides other are according to sources places where prostitutes or their agents are seen roaming. They said that these prostitutes as well as their agents know very well how to trap the probable clients.
Sources said that kingpins of this trade easily lure young girls from rural areas besides bringing in girls from outside the state. They added that even Russian girls come to Jammu for high profile clients and on special occasions, girls from some other international destinations are brought to Jammu. They further said that the high profile flesh trade racket is running in Jammu and it is not possible to run either drug trafficking racket or prostitution cells without the involvement of top officials.
About the prostitution in the lower income groups, sources said that the illegal flesh trade racketeers have contact with the Auto-rickshaw drivers who act as middleman and bring clients to them on commission basis besides they use their auto rickshaw for travelling with clients as those drivers are well versed with the safe routes of the city. They added that these sex workers have mostly hired rooms in the slums of Jammu and if they find police tightening noose around them, sources said that these workers shift to other towns and colonies where they can move easily without any fear.
Newspoint Investigation revealed that not only this, even the social networking sites are overcrowded with the number of profiles, accounts and pages which are easily assessable with names of Jammu Escort Services or Jammu Call Girls with working mobile numbers to lure more and more clients through internet. Apart from this, investigation revealed that many websites are also active on various internet servers that are doing this trade having their domain name with Prefix or Suffix Jammu.
Investigation further revealed that several pages with local mobile numbers are on ‘Facebook’ also. The pages have been named as Call Girls in Jammu, Call Girls in Jammu, Escort Service in Jammu Kashmir Katra, Escort Service Jammu, Honey Escort Service in Jammu, Escort Jammu, Independent Escort Service Jammu etc. suspecting these number could be wrong, Newspoint Investigation team rang-up on these numbers and found most of the numbers operational.
The mobile numbers gathered from various web portals and Facebook IDs have been left incomplete by the Newspoint investigation team to prevent further advertisement of these numbers since police has not acted so far despite having a powerful cyber cell. The first six digits of some of these numbers are 979682xxxx, 979641xxxx, 908688xxxx, 962200xxxx, 979683xxxx, 871585xxxx, 998860xxxx.
Some of the web portals where these mobile numbers of call girls and their agents have been displayed include www.callgirljammu.in, www.jammuescorts.in, www.independentjammuescort.in, www.9oor.in/escort-service-jammu/, www.max9t.com/escorts-jammu, www.sunnyescortagency.in, www.jammu.postad.in, www.nainasinha.com etc. A full-fledged police inquest would unmask all those behind this murky trade in Jammu. Whether these websites are meant for escort services or prostitution, only a full-fledged police inquest would is the way out, said an official source.
Investigation further revealed that these Facebook pages and websites claim to provide all girls on customer’s demand in all the districts of Jammu. They have the categorized girls available as Models, Celebrities, Housewives, College girls, VIP etc and many of them have even provided details about these girls with the booking amount which starts from Rs 10,000 per hour. Newspoint bureau further found out that not even one police officer was ready to speak on-record about flesh traders having spread their wings across Jammu region.
The million dollar question is what police is and cyber cell is doing? Why they have become mute spectators despite knowing that flesh trade has got organized and is being run online. A social worker who works in the field of rehabilitation of sex workers said that prostitutes and their agents are roaming across Jammu but it is not only trade that is murky but there are numerous dangers of Aids and sex related incurable/killer diseases as well.
Pertinent to mention here that the infamous isolated pink house situated on the outskirts of Roop Nagar where a lady Zahida Parveen was allegedly running a lucrative brothel from the last twenty years was busted by police in the year 2014 after the complaint of an lady who was lured for domestic help job and was raped by the two clients who paid him the cost of rape besides commission to Zahida.
But unfortunately the police failed to notice a sex racket which was running since 20 years and where, according to an officer who was involved in the investigation said that about 600 poor and needy girls had been pushed into flesh trade by the time, they came to know about this murky trade. There were already two FIRs against this alleged kingpin yet she was running the business from a posh locality without having been caught even once.
Also few years before this, a sex scandal involving high profile personalities had also came to light which was being operated from Durga Nagar area of Jammu and was exposed when a 15-year-old girl from Kishtwar was forcefully pushed into the racket allegedly by a lady named Santosha Devi. The victim recalled at least 30 incidents where she was raped by high profile people in places like Himachal Pardesh, Kud, Patnitop and Jammu. The victim told court that she was repeatedly raped by 7 men at a time and 4 men at other occasion.