PHOTOS: Mumbai offering sex in the garb of 'health' spa
Mumbai: The owner of the spa raided by ACP Vasant Dhoble on Monday evening has been remanded in police custody till July 2. The seven girls rescued during the raid will be kept in the remand home for the same period and their medical tests are also due then.
“We shall verify the illegal activities on the premises in the name of spa,” said Bajirao Bhosle, senior inspector of Powai police. The Shy Lee Spa, located close to Sagar Hotel in Powai, was raided on suspicion of a sex racket being operated out of it.
Like Dhoble’s other raids, this one, too, is rife with controversy. The spa is facing the consequences of its owner’s monetary dispute. “It has been operating for quite some time after all necessary police checks. How is its credibility at stake all of a sudden?” said the source requesting anonymity.
Bhosle declined knowledge of any such dispute. “Even we were surprised about how these activities flourished in spite of regular police checks,” he said.
No customers were found in the spa during the raid, which has made the case weaker. The police are also dodging questions related to the women who were allegedly rescued. The police could not confirm if they were pushed into flesh trade or genuine employees of the spa. “Their parents have been contacted to verify their identity and take the case to a further level.”
The 65-year-old owner, Manohar Thakur, is the only accused in the case.