Sex racket run from Srinagar hotel busted

Jammu and Kashmir police has arrested thirteen people including four women involved in a sex trade racket allegedly run from Hotel Nida in Iqbal park area of Srinagar city. “During the raid on hotel, we arrested 10 people. Subsequently three more were arrested. Investigation of the case is still on, but it was pretty organized,” said Muzaffar Ahmad, investigating officer.

So far, eight women, most of them from very poor families, have been found involved in the racket. The ring leader of the women, however, is still at large, he said.

Police is questioning the main accused, 65-year-old hotel owner Mohammed Yakub.

Investigations have revealed that some of them were being lured on the pretext of jobs by the hotel management but ended up being part of the racket.

Police sources said, the hotel management even rented rooms to young couples on hourly basis and charged hefty sum from them.

“Waiters would call girls and boys over phone. Then they were being provided a room for an hour or so. They would commit wrong deeds in the room. The day hotel was raided, three girls and a man were arrested in front of me,” said Gulzar Ahmad, cashier at Nida hotel.

Police say every client was being charged around Rs 3000 and this money was being divided between the owner, waiters and the women.

The biggest share would go to the hotel owner, said the source.