Goa beauty parlour or brothel?

PTI, PANAJI | 13 October 2010 21:07 IST

Mizoram police has sought production warrant to bring the owner of a beauty parlour in Goa to Aizawl who allegedly tried to force four Mizo girls into prostitution, police sources said here today.

Superintendent of Police of Aizawl, Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said three persons were arrested in Aizawl and five persons in Goa in this connection and the police were still searching for one of the main accused who was still absconding.

He said that four Mizo girls, working in the beauty parlour since early September were asked to comply with the sexual overtures of their customers.

The four girls were hired by a man called Vanlalruati and others who promised them jobs in the beauty parlour in Goa as beauticians but were asked to become prostitutes, he said, adding that they were smuggled out from their work place by a Mizo boy working in Goa and were later helped by Goa police.

Arrangements were being made for their return to Mizoram through the Women and Child Welfare Commission of Goa, he said, adding that six Naga girls were also rescued by the Goa police from the same beauty parlour.

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I fail to see why all the women at the parlour are taken into protective custody against their own wishes. Surely- you only give protective custody to minors and also to adults if they have asked for it. Otherwise- you are actually holding people against their own will. Indian law is a disgrace and your judges seem to think they can impose protective custody on anybody? Human rights in your country has such a long way to go as most officials don't even recognise this.

There should be ways to deal with victims of trafficking that don't actually end up harming them even more. The way they are being dealt with now reminds me of the dark days of Nazism when my Jewish relatives were put in protective custody by the Nazis themselves and then exterminated. What guarantees are there that these girls are not being subjected to indignity in their so called protective custody jails? If the law can lie about these de facto jails being protective custody, then what hope is there?

- Sandra Waldorf, Switzerland | 15 th October 2010 16:44


It is a well established fact that in the tourism industry, money making (every which way), prostitution (the oldest profession), drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc., are the mainstay. I suppose when we leapt into the industry, the policy makers knew of the repercussions and the ill-effects, but the predominant factor was revenue, the outcome. In an old-fashioned way, I believe some things lost, the money can't buy, and a few will believe as I do.

Police from the other State contacted their counterparts here in Goa, or else no one would know.

The activists will make a lot of noise and eventually this noise will also die down and everyone will be back to business. People go on with their lives and forget until such time the same thing rears its ugly head again. I am saying this because the same party's premises were raided before, and now this. India is for everyone and Goa for the good, the bad and the ugly.

- Ludovico, Old-Goa | 14 th October 2010 11:01


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