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20 sex workers held in Thane

Thane: As many as 20 commercial sex workers, two of them Bangladeshi nationals, were today arrested during a raid in Kalyan here, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of Anti-Human Trafficking Cell (ATHC), Thane Police raided a spot near Kalyan railway station and arrested the women for allegedly openly soliciting customers, inspector Ravindra Doundkar of AHTC said.

An offence has been lodged under relevant sections of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, while the two Bangladeshi women were also booked under Passport (Entry Into India) Act-1950 and Foreigners Act-1946 for entering India without a valid passport, the official said.