Thais in demand at Indian sex-massage parlours

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MUMBAI -- The booming spa and massage parlour business in India has led to increasing demand for women from Thailand, many of whom are being duped and trafficked into slavery in the country's sex industry, police, diplomats and activists said on Wednesday.

At least 40 Thai women have been rescued this year during police raids on massage parlours acting as fronts for prostitution in western cities such as Mumbai and Pune.

"The demand for Thai masseurs is high in India as girls from Thailand are considered high profile for their fair skin," Jyoti Nale, programme director for Save the Children India, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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