War-hit Ukraine link in VIP Road prostitution

Mohali: The raids on nine massage parlours in Zirakpur which had unearthed a prostitution racket, revealed another ugly truth about the satelitte town — of women from war-torne Ukraine and Uzbekistan being pushed into the illicit trade.
Five of the 18 women who were rounded in the raids were from Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Seven men were also detained in the police action. Owners of the nine raided massage parlors were booked and later bailed out, said Zirakpur DSP Birkramjit Singh Brar.
DSP Brar called it a deep-rooted flesh trade being run in the guise of massage parlours. “We are doing a thorough investigation and many other revelations will soon be made. Links with foreign countries or touts arranging foreign women are being probed,” he said.
Brar said more than 12 spa-cum-massage parlours had been sealed.
The registered FIRs against the owners of the following parlours: Indulge Spa, Luxury Spa, Coco Spa, Z Spa, Moonlight Spa, Tulip Spa, Sahin Spa, Dream Spa and Russian Spa. All of them were located on VIP Road and Lohgarh Road, said the DSP.
Zirakpur SHO Inspector Deepinder Singh Brar said the role of many other spas was now under the scanner. “Police have released the rounded up women on bail and raids are being conducted to check other parlours,” he said.