25 per cent of sex workers rescued in Goa are from massage parlours: NGO

Anyay Rahit Zindagi, a NGO that has been working in the field of human trafficking in Goa has claimed on Friday that nearly 25 per cent of women rescued from the flesh trade in the state are from massage parlours. The organisation also claimed that most of the foreign women rescued are from Nepal and Thailand.

Arun Pandey, who heads the NGO, urged the Goa government to ban cross massages (woman to man, Man to women) in the state.

“From 2010 to 2017, 683 women were rescued from commercial sexual exploitation in Goa. Out of this, 171 were rescued from massage parlours,” he said.

Two days ago the state Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane¬†said the state government was planning a crackdown on cross massage parlours after it received complaints from women working in many of state’s massage parlours of employers forcing them to give cross massage.

Goa has more than 300 massage centers operating withing its territory.

Pandey revealed statistics which showed that 134 women of foreign nationalities were rescued from massage parlours in the past eight years. Of these, 20 were from Nepal and 17 hailed from Thailand. He also informed that 32 of these rescued women were from Manipur.

Inormation credit: IANS