7 Arrested As ‘Partner Swapping’ Racket Busted

Story Highlights
  • 25 people are under observation in a case relating to partner swapping.
  • A woman was forced into unnatural sex with other men by her husband.
  • The gang is said to have used Telegram, Messenger apps to contact each other.

Kottayam: The Kerala Police have arrested 7 persons in connection with the exchange of partners for sex after a woman from Changanaserry lodged a complaint with the Karukachal police in the Kottayam district. The woman had lodged a complaint against her husband, who was part of the ‘couple sharing’ group, stating that he forced her to have sexual relations with another man. The survivor claimed that she was subject to unnatural sex. The arrest of her husband and his friends led the police to a wide network behind ‘couple sharing.’

The police said that while 7 persons were arrested, more than 25 people are under observation and more arrests are likely to be made. More than 1,000 couples are in these groups and they were exchanging women, according to Police. Police further said that people from across the state are part of this racket. Sources also said that several people who are in the higher echelons of society are part of this group. It may be recalled that in 2019, police had busted a wife swapping network in Kayamkulam.

A senior police official from Kottayam said, “The modus operandi is to first join the Telegram and Messenger groups and then 2-3 couples meet periodically. After that women are exchanged and there were even instances of a woman being shared by 3 men at a time. Money also changed hands as some single members in the group with some men providing their wives for money for a day of physical relationship.” Police said that a detailed investigation is on to get the minute details of those who were involved in this women exchange group.

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