Manhunt underway in India for ‘sex slave’ in brothel
The search for a sex slave has intensified in India, where a manhunt has been launched for an alleged brothel owner, police said.
Police say the manhunt was launched after the woman accused of running the brothel in the southern city of Hyderabad told a local television station that she was a ‘slave’ in the brothels, the Hindustan Times reported.
A local police official, who did not want to be identified, told the newspaper that the woman told the television channel that she had been raped and trafficked in the past by men who were paying her a fee to have sex with them.
Police in Hyderabad say they have arrested eight people in connection with the alleged rape and trafficking of the woman.
The manhunt for the woman began on Friday, the Times reported, and police have so far arrested four people.
According to the report, the woman allegedly fled the broths after being threatened by the man who was allegedly running the business, the police official said.
The Indian media report that the man has been identified as Sankaran Das, a 42-year-old man.
The brothel, called the Bhagat Bandha, was reportedly operating for the last three years, the paper reported.
According a police source quoted by the Hindutva newspaper, Das had been living in India’s capital New Delhi for several years.
The brothel has been linked to a group of people linked to the banned Hindu nationalist organisation, the Hindu Jagran Manch, or HJM, a right-wing political party.
The paper reported that the brothas Facebook page has been deleted and that Das was not a customer.
According the Hindubani News, the HJM is a neo-fascist organisation with links to the far-right National Democratic Alliance of India, a Hindu nationalist party.