In a shocking turn of events, Tamil actress Sangeetha Balan was put behind the bars on Saturday for allegedly running a prostitution racket in Chennai, ANI reported.

The 41-year-old is charged for running a sex-racket in a private resort located on the East Coast Road of Chennai and sent to a rehabilitation centre in Mylapore, police said on Monday. According to Chennai Police, she gathered a few women from different states and was reportedly running the business there. The women were rescued by the police.

Satish, who allegedly helped Sangeetha employee young girls as sex workers with promises of roles in films and TV shows, has also been arrested.

As per the police  after raiding the resort they rescued three other women who are from different states and were allegedly involved in the racket.

Inspector Mahalakshmi of the police department’s anti-vice squad wing said, “While we raided a private resort at Panaiyur on the East Coast Road following an information from a private source, we found four young girls involved in prostitution,” the Hindustan Times reported. “During the course of the inquiry, the girls revealed that Sangeetha Balan was the mastermind behind this sex racket and lured them as sex workers,” she added.

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The accused were summoned before the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court at Egmore. The court has put them in 15 days jail custody.

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“The retrieved girls are the junior artists in serials and cinema… One is from outside the state” she added.

Chennai-based Sangeetha debuted in the Tamil film industry with Karuppu Roja in 1996. She is also popular on TV for her roles in shows such as, Vani Rani, Chellamay Aval, and Valli.

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