Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: City police on Saturday cracked the whip on brothels being operated in the guise of massage centres and ‘friendship' clubs and ‘escort' services by arresting 11 persons after raiding eight places.

The raids were conducted at Bowenpally, Begumpet, Jubilee Hills, Punjagutta, Banjara Hills, S.R. Nagar and Saifabad. Some of the accused were operating brothels in the name of massage centres.

They would lure youth with advertisements to their place and organise flesh trade with female sex workers brought from different places in the State.

Some of them were issuing advertisements inviting individuals to join their clubs to find friends.

They would collect Rs. 5,000 deposit towards membership fee and send feelers that they would arrange sex workers on payment of money.

On a tip-off, the Commissioner's Task Force teams raided these places.