MADURAI: A police constable and four others were arrested in connection with commercial sex racket here on Friday.
Police said that M Balamurugan (39), a constable attached to the S S Colony police station, was running flesh trade in the city.
Police said that a nursing student from Thoothukudi, whose name is also Balamurugan visited Madurai a couple of days ago. While the student was waiting to board a bus at Periyar bus stand, one Marimuthu, said to be a pimp, approached and offered to introduce a few sex workers to him.
Balamurugan initially agreed to Marimuthu’s offer and the latter took him to a house at Meenambalpuram in Sellur where he met two women. However, upon reaching the house, the student had a change of mind and decided to leave the place. But, Balamurugan after quitting the place informed the police about the house and the racket. When police reached the spot, they caught trio, including 2 women and Marimuthu.
During interrogations, the trio spilled the beans that M Balamurugan, a constable attached to the S S Colony police station, was the kingpin in the flesh trade. A police officer said that Balamurugan was a native of Madurai and was serving at the station for over a year.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the constable Balamurugan used to take houses on rent to run the commercial sex business. Balamurugan, who is a father of two, would get commission from the sex workers in return for the amount he spent for renting houses.
Police have registered a case against five, including the constable and broker Marimuthu under immoral traffic (prevention act). One person identified as Karthik has gone underground after the arrest of the trio.