The Cyberabad police have arrested seven individuals for trafficking women from various parts of India and forcing them into the sex trade as part of a ongoing crackdown on human trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) made the arrests.
The suspects would obtain women and then advertise them on websites, contact customers through call centers and WhatsApp, and facilitate meetings between the women and customers at various hotels. The seven arrested individuals are wanted in connection to three cases, and 850 women who were forced into prostitution have been rescued. The victims were from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, and Mumbai. The advertisements were posted on Locanto and the call centers were based in Hyderabad, with communication primarily occurring through WhatsApp. One of the accused, Vinay Kumar, an MBA graduate, was found to have organized prostitution in Madhapur and had previously worked in various private companies before becoming involved in the sex trade. The police found leads from Kumar’s contact list, leading to the arrest of the other suspects, including Chintada Laxminarayana, Patamalla Satyanarayana, Kota Ramaraju, Dundi Devi, Pallavi Swathi Sandhya, Gali Lavanya Reddy, Shyamala Lavanya, Kota Bhagyalaxmi, Kota Sithara, Ch Laxmi, and Nimmala Sivakumar Reddy. All the accused are known organizers and are wanted under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.