Man involved in online sex racket remanded to judicial custody for 15 days

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Imphal: A 27 years old man who has been involved in an online sex racket was arrested and remanded in judicial custody for 15 days till May 26.

He was arrested when Patsoi Police investigated a Facebook status reading “Emanabi uningladi 20k da houjik houjik unaba yani chahidi 21, 22 ngaktani and emanabi uningba leiradi contact toubirk u”, which was detected from one active account Laishram Roshita.

The police established that the account belongs to one Bikash Irom, 27, son of Ragumani Singh of Patsoi Part- II Mayai Leikai.

A suo-motto case under the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act 1956 and 67(A) IT Act was registered. In the course of the investigation, Patsoi Police arrested the accused person and handed over to women police station, Imphal West.

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He admitted the police to have committed the crime.  He disclosed that, on date May 6 and 7 he uploaded the status from his fake account Laishram Roshita on his facebook story. He further disclosed the police that, since August 2021, he uploaded several similar messages in Telegram App to attract customers for his ‘business’.

The accused person revealed that he has contacts with hotels where such sexual activities are regularly committed in return of money. On May 7 too, he had enticed one woman to meet a client for a sum of Rs 40,000 at one of the hotels in Dingko Road for sexual purposes. The same woman was rescued and sent to One Stop Centre, Lamshang and produced before the DIstrict Protection Officer, Imphal west for rehabilitation.

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As revealed by the accused person, a regular client was identified and examined carefully and minutely who had fully corroborated with the statement of the accused person. The customer/client revealed that recently the accused person had provided him with two women for a sum of Rs 17500 and Rs 15000 for indulging in sexual activities.

So far, two victim women who were lured into prostitution were rescued and handed over to One Stop Centre, Haorang Sabal, Lamshang by observing formalities for reforming and rehabilitation of the victims. Efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate more victim women, if any, Imphal West superintendent of police Ksh. Shivakanta said.

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The case is in its crucial stage now and more witnesses are yet to be examined for further establishing the chain of evidence, to determine if any other person(s) is/are involved in this sexual exploitation and if there are any more dimensions in the commission of the crime, he added.

The accused person was remanded into Judicial Custody on Thursday for 15 days till May 26 by the Court of JMIC- II, the senior police officer said.

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