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Woman qawwali singer held for running flesh trade

The flesh trade operated in Mumbai's Santacruz, Andheri, Dahisar, Borivali and other areas.
Last Updated 28 February 2024, 11:37 IST

Thane: Police have arrested a 40-year-old woman qawwali singer from Maharashtra's Thane district for allegedly running a flesh trade, an official said on Wednesday.

The accused, Roshni Bablu Sheikh, was held on February 26 in an operation conducted by the Anti-Human Trafficking Cell of the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar police commissionerate, he said.

"The accused woman, a qawwali singer, operated the flesh trade in Mumbai's Santacruz, Andheri, Dahisar, Borivali and other areas. When the police received complaints about it, they laid a trap at a famous road-side eatery on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway at Kashimira and nabbed her. They rescued a female victim and also seized the cash involved in the deal," he said.

The rescued woman was shifted to a rehabilitation centre, he added.

Senior inspector Samir Ahirrao said an offence under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the accused woman.

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(Published 28 February 2024, 11:37 IST)

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