SHILLONG, Jan 10: In the backdrop of a sex racket case involving a minor victim and many high profile personalities of the State including a sitting legislator, Police on Tuesday met the owners of around 80 hotels operating in and around the jurisdiction of the Sadar Police Station where the latter were advised on how they could help in curbing the crime of sex trade.
Necessary advisories on ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ while welcoming guests were also given to them during this meeting which was convened at the Sadar Police Station here on Tuesday.
Addressing the meeting, East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police (City) Vivek Syiem said, “We urged you not to allow sex work to thrive in your hotels though tourism industry is picking up in the state.”
This assumes significance following the sex racket involving hotels and guest houses being used as places for sexually exploiting a minor girl, who was rescued recently.
Stating that prostitution network is on the increase in the city, Syiem however said, “If you encourage it, it will have serious proportions and the consequences will be bad,” adding “We need to be partners if you want to stop such activities.”
The installation of closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) of good quality is one of the main recommendations made for all hotels and other places which offer accommodation to tourists and people visiting the state.
“It is a must to have CCTV of good quality which can give better visual clarity,” Syiem exhorted.
However the fact is that there is no provisions of the law to penalize hotels without CCTVs. It is for the state government to take note as at present the police are just issuing advisories on the matter.
On the other hand, the SP also impressed upon the hotel and guest house owners to maintain proper register on the people who come to stay in their rooms.
“It is time that you start questioning customers who come along with women especially minors. You should take the details of not only the person booking the rooms but also acquaintances,” he said.
Syiem also warned owners against willfully allowing such activities in their establishments.