Several well-known businessmen arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday for being involved in a high profile prostitution racket.

Who does the Indian law view as criminals in case of ‘high profile prostitution rackets’?

The  ‘businessmen’ (unnamed and un-blamed) without whose interests there would be no ‘sex rackets’?

Who pays (directly or indirectly) for the crime of human trafficking and all the horrors it involves? (Please read, and watch: Mardaani)

See something wrong with the way this news is reported? Should they have named the actor?

This is particularly striking, since there is no mention of the names of the businessmen who have been arrested. And specially when you read it a day after watching Mardaani.

Noted actor Shweta Basu Prasad was arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday for being involved in a high-profile prostitution racket.

Link shared by Ritu Lalit on facebook.

Reports said the 23-year-old actor was caught “in a compromising position” after the Hyderabad Police raided a famous hotel at the upscale Banjara Hills in the city.

After her arrest, the actor released a statement in which she said she was out of money and had no other way to support her family.

The police said they have also arrested several well-known businessmen along with the actor. The actor underwent a medical test before being lodged in a rescue home run by the Woman and Child Welfare department. She is likely to stay there for three months. The inmates are provided with free food, clothing, medical care and vocational training.

Why  do you think do ‘prostitution rackets’ offend the sensibilities of an average citizen?

I hope because ‘sex rackets’ involve exploitation, possibly violence, cruelty, lack of consent and possibly Minors?

And not because they believe immoral women are leading helpless innocent family men ‘astray’.

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26 thoughts on “Several well-known businessmen arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday for being involved in a high profile prostitution racket.

  1. Firstly, I find everything wrong with these kind of news. They always make it seem like the women are the only peeps doing something wrong. Why don’t they put up the “prominent businessmen” names. Well, I guess they fund these news papers or give millions in terms of ad revenue to them.

    Secondly, what the hell is “compromising position”. We should stop using these victorian era modesty related terms. We are okay describing sexual assault in graphic terms but this is how we describe trafficking.

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  2. I’ve heard of these many so called prostitution rackets which involve a small time actor from a non-wealthy/influential background–IMO, it’s just another way to ‘teach women their place.’ And just who are these businessmen involved in this scandal anyway? the papers make sure to feature the word prominent, but when it comes to the actual identity, they remain silent.

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  3. Like you, I hope the media has highlighted the prostitution racket for the right reasons. But unfortunately this reeks of sensationalism and I feel they’ve used the woman’s name and background as click bait. I wonder if the story would have gotten as many hits if her name was not mentioned.

    And it’s annoying how some people have taken the moral high ground and are blaming the woman: Urmila [Matondkar], however, feels that it has more to do with today’s youngsters wanting to make a quick buck. “It is heartbreaking to hear about this, but it is also about your upbringing and the lure of glamour and a posh lifestyle that pushes one to such an extent,” she says, adding that while many get carried away by the fame, she is among the few child artistes who completed her education. -(http://www.mid-day.com/articles/former-bollywood-child-artists-who-went-off-track/15577166#sthash.YDhQY7FK.dpuf)

    Also, reading comments under the Pinkvilla article (I admit this is not a good representation of public opinion), I am shocked at how many people echo these thoughts (‘She could have waited tables, become a cashier’…anything but a prostitute).

    If the woman was a consenting adult and all parties willingly participated in the transaction, there should be nothing wrong or unusual about this (although you are right in making the link to child trafficking).

    Reading the woman’s statement, I sympathise with her. If anything, we should be asking of Bollywood and ourselves why she couldn’t find worthy employment. Tollywood is notorious for objectifying female actors.

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  4. Like I said, name and shame the buyers, the consumers. Also legalize prostitution. I want the sex workers to get mediclaim, considering their work is so fraught with health risks

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  5. Do some woman get into prostuition to make money ! Like a profession ? On their own ,out of choice ?? Models ,actresses seem to be easy bait or some women do take it up for money because they are objectified,have not been protected, or have little and not so strict morals anyway !
    Anyway, its a very difficult way to make money and maybe regularising prostituition as an industry might offer some protection to these women!
    I don’t know if I am right abt this ,…..all women I know think very poorly,harshly or don’t think at all abt prostituites in society !

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  6. I feel legalizing prostitution has its own cons than merits in a country like India . Firstly and most importantly it brings further disgrace to womanhood , that woman is a commodity and a man can buy her for money . It can also increase illegal trafficking and forceful entry to this profession by people who can influence a woman .Considering the health system in our country , this may only accelerate the STDs among people .And young generation of women may be easily lured to this profession ,considering the easy money, thus not focusing on their career and education.

    And about today’s news, both the lady in question and her customers should be held equally guilty . But media did a bad bad job in exposing her , so blatantly .

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  7. prostitution is illegal. which means paying moey for sex is illegal,Which in turn means the payer and receiver should be prosecuted. so simple.
    now if 2 consenting adults decide to have sex for free then it’s no one’s business.
    I don’t think prostitution will ever be legalized in India, we have tons of baggage following us and this will show up very badly on our mahan culture🙂 so not even going there.
    lets start by first treating the buyer and seller to the same laws and then move on from there.

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    • Prostitution is legal in India. Offering sexual services in exchange for money is actually legal. Only organised sex services (running a brothel, pimping) and soliciting sex is illegal. The actress is well within her rights to have sex with anyone she wants to and charge a mutually-agreed sum for it.

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        • Ignorance of the law?
          But then, I could never understand this weird fascination many have with what goes on in the privacy of four walls😀

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  8. Well I agree that if at all the culprit(read the women here) are named why not the customers. Their privacy and life is held more valuable than hers? Prostitution is legal in many places and once again I believe any issue that is sexual in India is related to the idea of consent and how society views women who are sexual in any way vis a vis men.

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  9. Prostitution was decriminalized a while ago – so really, it is the customers who should be arrested, not the provider. And yes, echoing the calls to name the “prominent businessmen”. Usual sensationalist reporting.

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  10. Its so shameful how the woman’s identity is being revealed. Says a lot about the movie industry, especially in the south, where women are treated like a commodity in movies as well as in real life. The businessmen should be named too, as blatantly as the poor woman was. While it is true that it might have been the woman’s choice to engage in prostitution, it is also true that the shitty telugu film industry might have pushed her into it!
    That brings me to another point – I was watching some movie 100days function(some Mahesh babu and Samantha movie?) and the MC of the function kept making vulgar comments about how ‘hot’ and ‘single’ she is, and how Mahesh might have ‘enjoyed’!!!!! And the lady herself was sitting there not saying a word!

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  11. The way most people in our society see it – the woman (actor) is evil, a ‘slut’ and what have you, deserves getting exposed/punished, etc. The businessmen at best were drawn astray, or at worst, “men will always be men, women should protect themselves” or some such excuse.
    I think the actor should sue the papers for defamation for exposing her name selectively and not the ‘prominent businessmen’s’ names.

    In India, I think it’s not just gender, but class differences play out so blatantly. Newspapers are ridiculously supportive of the wealthy and the privileged, instead of being objective. Remember the Indian diplomat underpaying her maid in the US case? It became a matter of ‘Indian pride’ versus ‘US arrogance’. I thought it was ludicrous to support the rights of the privileged diplomat who abused US laws while not defending the maid whose rights were clearly violated.

    I wonder if it all goes back to our hierarchical setups and thinking – equality is just not in our DNA.

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  12. I am frequent reader on this blog and while I agree with a lot of views in the comments there was a point I wanted to make. If there was a liquor establishment that was selling liquor to underage children or a hookah lounge open beyond the stipulated time and the police apprehend said business owner they only detain the business owners not the customers. This is the norm based on what I have seen, not sure if that is what the law says. Even during the press meet the customers aren’t identified only the business establishment and the owner is.

    Also I believe the law only defines the act of selling companionship as illegal but not buying it. Once again someone can correct me if I am wrong. Given the precedence established with other vices and the fact that buying the service isn’t illegal per se would it be rational to assume that the businessmen shouldn’t be named ? I am not making the argument for the actor to be named but to say the businessmen shouldn’t be.

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    • Legally it’s the ‘client’ who is committing the crime, not the sex worker, who is seen as the victim.

      Please note the businessmen have been arrested and not the alleged sex workers. But the media seems to convey that the sex workers were found in ‘compromising position’, and the business were not.

      Take a look:

      ‘The law does not criminalize prostitution per se but only organized form of prostitution is against the law.

      If a woman uses attributes of her body voluntarily and individually she goes unpunished.

      But the law prohibits/criminalize-
      Seduction/solicitation of customer
      Prostitution anywhere near a public place
      Publication of phone number of call girls
      Organized form of prostitution i.e. a brothel, pimps, Prostitution rings etc.
      A sex worker being below 18 years of age
      Procurement and trafficking of women

      We can conclude that if a prostitute works for self and uses her own premises for entertaining clients she is conducting herself lawfully!

      But then why do we often see video footage on T.V. where a sex worker and her client are being herded into the police jeep? Here comes the shady picture of police who might not book the sex worker and her client under the above mentioned act, they do it under provisions like public indecency, public nuisance etc. of the Indian Penal Code.’
      From – http://www.mightylaws.in/229/prostitution-legalized-regulated-india

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      • IHM: Thanks for clarifying the law. This is news to me that in India the laws are actually not trying oppress the sex worker. These laws seem progressive, although like you said the police abuse other laws to file cases.

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    • @rtnk, while your argument makes sense , the law also takes into account the the vulnerability and the lack of agency that most sex workers in India face. That is why prostitution has been decriminalised (as I understand it) and the seller not held liable for prosecution.

      I doubt patriarchy had much to do with revealing her identity

      In the end, the woman’s identity was revealed because the media would make more money, as she was relatively famous. The media similarly has ‘named and shamed’ the likes of Tiger Woods, Shane Warne, Shoaib Akhtar- for soliciting sex outside of conventional norms/from sex workers.

      But the effect of the fallout on a famous person’s career? That’s when IMHO patriarchial norms kick in.

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      • @ Desi Daaru

        Thanks for the comment. Yes, I didn’t know about the decriminalization of the act itself.

        It also makes sense to IMHO’s and your point about the effect on the career of a famous person, a guy almost always is given a chance to turn around apologize and continue his life.

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  13. I was also wondering why the names of the ‘businessmen’ and the ‘reputed hotel’ were not divulged in the media reports! What is making rounds is the actress’s statement (supposedly made by ) that “she was running out of money and need money to support her family and good causes…” It is her personal life. Her name is splashed all over the media reports only because she is a celebrity. When will people learn to let others decide what is good for them and live life as per their wish? Guess this is a distant dream!

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