CHENNAI: The CBCID has detected a prostitution racket in the city in which a 14-year-old girl was forced into flesh trade over the last one year.
A small-time film director named Senthamil Arasu was arrested as police said he was the one who forced the girl into prostitution, promising her roles as heroine in films.
The director Senthamil Arasu, a woman Rajeswari, and the victim’s mother were arrested on Tuesday. Meanwhile, police are looking out for the men who had sex with the juvenile girl. “She was being abused for more than a year. The men who wanted sex with her were charged as much as `1.5 lakhs.” said a CBCID officer.
The girl’s father died when she was young and her mother married another man. It was the zeal to “show off” that her daughter was an actress that made the mother force her child into flesh trade, the officer said.
Following a tip, the CBCID contacted the Child Welfare Committee officials and an NGO. With their help, police deployed a decoy.
“They first demanded `1.5 lakhs but we haggled for an advance and promised to pay the rest after we were taken to where the girl was. Once the decoy reached the place and confirmed the girl’s presence , we arrested all the accused,” said an officer doing the probe.