Mumbai:A 38 year old woman makeup artist in Bollywood has been arrested by the Uttan Coastal Police for allegedly running a prostitution racket by luring struggling models with work and then forcing them into prostitution in an Uttan resort.
Anita Ghosalkar the makeup artist has been arrested after a tip off was received by Atul Kulkarni, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Thane Rural. On Saturday night, a trap was laid wherein bogus customers were sent in at an Uttan resort in Bhayander (W) where two Mumbai models-aged 26 and 27 years respectively- were present. The models were trying their luck in Bollywood movies and they came in contact with Ghosalkar who promised them work and forced them into prostitution in the garb of auditions at far off places,said police.The models were unaware that they were being readied to solicit for customers, said police.
A deal for Rs 1 lakh was struck and just when the two models were being handed over to the fake customers, the Uttan Coastal police raided the resort. The makeup artist resides in Mumbai and had given some money to the two models and pocketted the rest of the amount. We suspect that the accused may be involved in a major sex racket involving minor girls, and women with the makeup artist as the main kingpin,said police.
We have arrested the makeup artist under Section 370 (trafficking of persons) of the IPC and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act 1956, said API Pravin Salunkhe of Uttan police.
According to sources, BJP Corporator of the MBMC has a stake in the Silverador Resort Club and other bars and resorts in the twin cities of Mira and Bhayander. In 2007, Shetty was charged under the PITA, 1956 and the matter is pending before the Thane court. Interestingly a video is viral wherein one of the model who was caught redhanded by the Uttan police is heard saying that she had come to the resort earlier also.