The Panvel Post

Civic issues, Features and Personalities of Navi Mumbai

Panvel- a potential hub for flesh trade (sex as a successful Business)


Sex Workers Caught from a hotel in Panvel during a raid

As per the historical evidences, the city Panvel is older than 300 years. A city flourished with international relations due to the geographical structure of Panvel, thriving in the banks of Gadhi river[Panvel Creek]. Persians had relations with the ancient city. That means our city holds a great history of business and culture, even in ancient period. Panvel is also acknowledged as one of the oldest municipality in Maharashtra.

With a great history and importance, recently Panvel got a greater importance and called as a future city, again due to its geographical position. Panvel had a greater potential to become not only a corridor between Mumbai metropolitan region and Pune, but also to become a well-developed city in itself. This corridors concept and its connectivity to both MMR and Pune made huge social changes in Panvel.

Growing sex rackets is result of such a social change in Panvel. Recent police raids in hotels rescued girls, even minors, and also revealed the deep influence of sex rackets even in police and other authorities. It is easy to draw some conclusions and say these are the reasons for it. But it is important hear the voice of officials who have experience here.

A senior police official of Panvel Police station said “more than every reason, its the demand in Panvel makes it a hub for sex rackets. It is recently that, Panvel become a favourite Place for prostitution. It happens not only because of increasing population in Panvel. People from outside the city are major customers. These rackets are running with strong political support. For politicians, this is a money making tree.”

An administrative level officer of Panvel municipal council, said “Panvel is like a hotel for many people, who travels between the cities of Mumbai, Pune and Navi Mumbai. This happened due to increased connectivity to these cities. Panvel developed as a proper resting place. Prostitution has grown supplementary to resting place. Due to high demands, prostitution rackets found good business. Certainly, Panvel become a potential hub for flesh trade.”

A constable of Panvel police station, who had a great experience working in Panvel, said “what revealed through recent raid in a hotel in city is not an isolated problem. Though sex markets are in hotel, Slums in Panvel gives Protection for those rackets and flesh trade. These rackets have a crucial influence in the administration of the city. This made the Police of Panvel helpless against such rackets and flesh trade.”


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