The social service branch (SSB) of Mumbai Police has arrested a casting director, Navin Kumar Premlal Arya, for allegedly running a prostitution racket in Mumbai.
Two women working as junior artists of age 18 and 25, were found to be involved, and both were rescued by the SSB. The police said the accused used to charge Rs 60000 per woman.
The accused is identified as Navin Kumar, a casting director in the film industry, who had been running the racket for the past five years with the help of his friends, Ajay Sharma and Vijay.
The police said that they got a tip-off after which they laid a trap at a cafe in Seven bungalows, Versova in Andheri (West).
“A decoy customer contacted Navin Kumar and he agreed to send two girls who work in the film industry as a model and artiste. The accused demanded Rs 60000 from the decoy customer for each woman and asked to book a hotel in advance,” said the officer. “
As soon as Navin Kumar arrived with the girls and his identity was confirmed. The police arrested him and rescued the girls after recording the statement.
During the inquiry, it was learned that one of the girls was from Delhi, and had been involved in the racket for the past year.