According to the police report, the accused brought the girl to Goa on July 7 after promising her a well-paid job in Goa and kept her in a hotel room at Arpora, taken on lease by a Mumbai-based person.
”At about 3.30pm on Monday the girl managed to call the police and an Anjuna police team raided the hotel. Police found the accused and the 16-year-old girl in the hotel room,” the newspaper report said.
The Goa Police identified the accused as Santosh Gocchi, Ghanshyam Shaw, Rubina Jela, Narayan Lala, Suraj Raut, Shantanu and Deeptimayee Baria, all residents of Odisha.
Police said Shaw and Jela, who are married to each other and Baria, a television artiste, acted as pimps.
In the report it is stated that the accused could not find customers for the girl in Goa during the past seven days but she was used in Cuttack, Odisha, for prostitution purposes. Police said the girl told them that the accused assaulted and molested her and were living on the earnings of her prostitution activities.
The Goa Police have registered an offence under Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Immoral Traffic Act 1956, Sections 420, 370-A, 372, 354-A, 342, 323 of IPC, Section 4 of POCSO Act 2012 against the accused.