In a shocking new scandal to hit the Tamil film industry, actress Sangeetha Balan has been arrested for allegedly running a prostitution racket at a resort in Chennai.
It is reported that the Chennai police raided the resort on East Coast Road in Chennai after they got a tip-off about the sex racket. Some women from different states, especially from North India, have been rescued and sent to a rehabilitation centre in the city. It is being reported that many other actors were involved in the scandal.
Sangeetha was arrested along with one Suresh. Both the suspects were produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, Egmore.
According to several media reports, by promising them well-paid jobs, the two used to lure young girls. Actress also used to promise them a chance to feature in flicks and TV shows.
Sangeetha made her acting debut with 1996 Tamil film Karuppu Roja. She then worked in movies such as Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum. She is currently playing the role of Sundari Kaaliappan in Vani Rani. Besides, Sangeetha was also seen in shows like Chellamay Aval, Sabitha alias Sabapathi and Valli.
She is popular for playing a kind-hearted mother-in-law in hit TV show Vani Rani, which has actor Radhika Sarathkumar playing a double role. She has also acted in serials such as Karuppu Roja and Tamilsevanum Thaniyar Anjalum among others.
The busting of high-profile prostitution rackets involving film industry faces is not something new. In December 2017, Hyderabad Police had busted a high-profile sex-racket and rescued two actresses, one was from Telugu film industry and another from Bengali.
In July 2017, Pune Police Crime Branch busted an alleged prostitution racket involving foreigners. The racket was being run under the garb of a spa. Thailand nationals were held for the involvement in the racket and the owner of the spa was booked under various sections of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, according to the Indian Express reported.
According to a CNN report of 2009 said that around 1.2 million children were believed to be involved in prostitution in India