Banks and cellphone companies aren’t the only ones demanding your Aadhaar card. Pimps in Goa are also making it mandatory, as a group of five young men from Delhi discovered recently.
The men, who flew in for their friend’s bachelor party, landed in Goa with a “contact” in hand. After booking into a hotel in the North Goa beach belt, they called up the “contact” and made enquiries for five girls.
The man promised to revert soon. For the next few hours, the group waited in anticipation while the man got busy verifying the cellphone number of the customer. Having established the caller was genuinely from Delhi, the man called back, this time demanding they send a photograph of each of their Aadhaar cards via WhatsApp.
He also wanted a photo of their room keys with the hotel tag attached to it. Baffled, the Delhi group complied. At the other end began a detailed background check on the men, including a survey of the area near the hotel premises for any impending danger.
The “danger” is from police who are cracking down on flesh trade in the state. Agents and pimps don’t want to leave anything to chance and verify customers’ identity with Aadhaar card to ensure they are not police decoys.