Express News Service, 03 Dec 2010
Six Thai women, working as masseuses at a parlour run by an actor's
husband and two others, on Thursday alleged that they were being
"compelled to get in the sex trade", besides being threatened that "they
would not be paid the agreed salary if they did not accept and yield to
the sexual demands of customers".
Submitting a petition to City Police Commissioner T Rajendran, the Thai nationals - Pajongjit Pahttayakason, Arunsi
Ja, Pimnapass Chanthong, Nongnaphat Phosri, Thamkon Sutthiduk and
Suraya Langkarn - aged between 25 and 30, said they were qualified
massage therapists and were recruited 10 months ago by 3R Group, owned
by A Ravindra (actor Yuvarani's husband), Immanuel and Ramesh, to work
at their massage parlour in Ashok Nagar.V S Kalyani, secretary of
Deepam Madhar Sangam - which has taken up the cause of the women - said
male customers insisted on being nude and misbehaved with the Thai
"There were instances when they ran out with their clothes
torn," she said. But, they were always advised "to adjust" and sent
back.When they refused to get sexually involved with their
clients and wanted to quit, the employers did not pay them the agreed
salary and overtime allowance.
Besides, each woman was asked to shell
out Rs 2 lakh for termination of the agreement.Kalyani said the
3R Group has a branch in T Nagar, which was recently raided by the
police, as well as in Madurai, Tirupur and Bangalore.Things came to a head on November 30 when Pimnapass Chantho
ng (30) was thrown out of the parlour. The CoP directed the petition to the ACP of Ashok Nagar for a probe.