The Delhi Commission for Women has summoned Justdial over alleged role in promoting sex rackets in spas.
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The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has summoned Justdial to investigate its alleged role in promoting sex rackets in spas. The Commission has also issued notice to the Delhi Crime Branch, seeking an FIR in the matter.
DCW recently received several complaints against prostitution rackets being run in spas in Delhi. As a part of its inquiry, the Commission set up an investigative team to call ‘Justdial.com’ and sought numbers of spas operating in South Delhi.
Within 24 hours, the Commission’s team received over 15 calls and 32 WhatsApp messages from certain spas, wherein pictures of more than 150 young girls along with the rates of their ‘services’ were shared.
According to DCW, “A message was received from a phone number wherein the picture of a young girl was sent by the ‘spa’ followed by lewd messages. In another message received from a different number, photographs of 14 young girls were shared with other details.
While the Commission’s team only requested details for spa service, the same was automatically construed as a request for sex and the so-called spas immediately provided details regarding the illegal prostitution activities they were indulging in.
The Commission has therefore asked Delhi Police Crime Branch to take strict action and register an FIR immediately. Further, ‘Justdial’ management has been summoned and asked to explain their policy for background checks of the ‘spas’ listed with them. They have also been asked to provide the details of the spas which sent the Commission’s team the messages for providing sexual services as well as the amount of money taken by Justdial to list them on their site.
The Commission has sought a detailed action taken report by November 12 given the severity of the matter.
DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal stated, “The blatancy and impunity with which prostitution rackets are operating in the Capital is shocking. We have summoned Justdial to investigate their role in the matter and have also issued a notice to Delhi Police for immediately registering an FIR and arresting the people involved. The Commission is against objectification and commercial sexual exploitation of girls and shall leave no stone unturned to stop it”.
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