Police bust sex racket in Thamel, 33 arrested

KATHMANDU: In a major clamp down in the capital's Thamel, the police on Friday night arrested 33 persons, including college girls, involved in illegal sex trade.

This is the second raid in a week carried out by the police in a bid to foil burgeoning flesh trade in the Valley. The police had carried out a similar raid last week when they busted a thriving call girl racket.

The police have also recovered college ID cards of girls from among those arrested.

SP Ganesh KC, in-charge of the Metropolitan Police Range (MPR) at Hanumandhoka, informed that a special squad had randomly raided star hotels and Shree Guest House in the tourist hubub of Thamel and caught 33 commercial sex workers and customers red-handed.

The detainees, which included college girls, are between 13 to 22 years of age. They are being interrogated, KC said.

SP KC further said that they were arrested since illegal sex trade was prompting criminal activities in the Valley.

Among those arrested last week include 19 minor girls who pleaded innocence and claimed that they were promised a handsome money in the profession.

The police have registered cases against them under Public Offence Act.

In a similar clamp down in not so distant a past, the police had impounded hundreds of sex workers and their clients on charges of breaking law and order.

On November 2, the police in Thamel netted six Chinese sex workers and an equal number of Nepali customers, who were involved in obscene activities.

In a similar raid on Friday night in Everest Casino, New Baneshwor, the police arrested nine alleged gamblers.

SP KC said the police were yet to get through if they were gamblers. The government has legally barred the Nepalis from entering the casinos and gambling.

In another incident, the police on Thursday apprehended Bikash Magar (15), hailing from Tokanpur- 7 of Ramechhap in Kamaladi, Kathmandu for possessing 12-gram heroin. The minor is on police trial.