City’s red light area moves to makeshift tents

In order to escape police action, prostitutes from Bhavnagar Road have now started operating from makeshift tents on the outskirts of the city, say cops

With the police conducting several raids in Bhavnagar Road, Rajkot's red light area, sex workers have been forced to move their business elsewhere. These women have resorted to a new way of practicing the illegal trade - makeshift tents.

According to the police, sex workers set up these makeshift tents near busy places so as to get customers in large numbers.

On Tuesday, the 'night patrolling' team of Kuwadwa police station arrested four sex workers from a makeshift tent set up outside Indian Oil Corporation's (IOC) gas refilling station on Rajkot-Ahmedabad highway.

After receiving the information, the patrolling team raided the area and found the four sex workers with customers.

While the customers managed to escape, the police arrested the sex workers under Sections 110 and 117 of the Bombay Police Act. The sex workers are Sunaina Raju, Anjli Shantiranjandas, Sangita Ranjit and Mamta Govind, all residents of Ahmedabad's Paldi area.

Pravin Makwana, head constable, Kuwadwa police station, said: "The pimps appointed by these sex workers visit the huge truck parking space outside the IOC depot and strike a deal with interested customers. They send these customers to the sex workers, who operate from a makeshift tent just outside the depot. We have been patrolling the area regularly. We conducted the raid after a tip off from an informer. I think after several police raids in red-light areas, sex workers have resorted to makeshift tents to continue the illegal trade."

Last week, the crime branch of the police conducted a surprise raid in Bhavnagar road and arrested around 12 sex workers. Since then the police has been patrolling the area on a regular basis. In order to escape the cops, prostitutes from Bhavnagar road have now started operating from makeshift tents on the outskirts of Rajkot city, particularly in front of IOC's gas refilling station, as it is frequented by truck drivers.

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