day after Mail Today exposed rampant sex trade on Aurobindo Marg in South Delhi, 29 foreigners have been apprehended for their alleged involvement in the trade. The operation was carried out jointly by Delhi Police and Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
Officials posing as decoy customers caught them red-handed. Mail Today had on July 1 reported the sex trade on Aurobindo Marg near Hauz Khas and Green Park markets. Police sources said the foreigners belong to different nationalities and the FRRO will decide on deporting them.
Officials told Mail Today that during inquiry they failed to present valid documents including Visa, passports and other immigration proofs required to stay in India. “The raid was conducted jointly by south district police led by DCP Romil Baaniya and senior officials of FRRO. The sleuth posed as decoy customers, struck deal with them and detained them in the process,” said Anil Mittal, PRO of Delhi police.
DCP Romil Baaniya said: “The detained foreigners failed to present valid travel documents. Even many of them refused to reveal their names and the countries they belonged to. Therefore, FRRO Delhi has started the legal process of deportation with embassies of their respective countries. Some of them presented passports of their native countries but their Visa was found expired.”
“We have identified some places apart from Aurobindo Marg where immoral practice is going on in south Delhi. The crackdown will continue in future. In case foreigners are found in criminal activities, they will be booked under section 14 of the Foreigners Act and they may also face jail term,” the DCP added.
Sources, however, said the police crackdown has also pointed towards a large number of foreigners residing illegally in the national capital. They said the Delhi Police did not have the exact number of foreigners living illegally in the city. A large number of foreigners are living in places like Khirki extension, Malviya Nagar, Chattarpur in south Delhi.
According to a senior police official, several foreigners have been found indulging in smuggling of drugs and sex trade. “We have started proceedings of door to door checking to detect foreigners living in Delhi as tenants and not having valid documents. The FRRO Delhi will check foreigners individually to know the purpose of living in the country and the types of Visa they obtained to immigrate here. In case of working Visa, we will find out the employment details too,” Baaniya said.
“The house owners will be also instructed to give accommodations only after complete police verification and proper valid documents,” Baania added.