“In an apartment located near Lokhandwala Circle, the pimp, a lady, owned a production house named VR Entertainment Event and Production. The firm used to lure aspiring models and actors to come and get a break in Bollywood. The victims were later asked to work as a commercial sex worker (CSW), after which half of the money earned was taken by the pimp herself,” DNA quoted president of the NGO James Varghese as saying.
Acting on a tip-off, Joint Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deven Bharti formed a team — comprising the deputy commissioner of police (Zone IX) Satyanarayan Choudhary, Versova Police senior inspector Kiran Kale and inspector DS Patil — that raided the place after laying a trap and arrested Vaishnav, who claimed herself as the manager of VR Entertainment Event and Production.
The police learnt through the society that Vaishnav had rented the flat from one Taj Mohammed.
According to The Times of India, two officers posing as customers were sent to the flat and Rs 20,000 cash was paid for two women. The place was raided after the duo alerted the team that was waiting outside.
The investigating officers have found names of many high-profile customers were found in the documents recovered from VR Entertainment’s office, reported Mid-day.
Vaishnav prepared the girls, brought from Gujarat and Delhi, for nude photo shoots and sent the photos to customers via WhatsApp. After the customer chose the girl, Vaishnav decided the price.
The police have recovered more than 100 photos of different models, most of them from different parts of the country. The investigation has revealed that businessmen and known faces from Bollywood were in touch with the accused.
Vaishnav has been booked under Section 370 Indian Penal Code (buying or disposing of any person as a slave) and under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).