The owners of such centers argue that cross massage is not a crime according to the orders of the courts. But according to Hyderabad City Police Act, cross massage is illegal and amounts to crime.
Earlier by a decoy operation it was found that the massage centers were promoting prostitution on the name of massage that too cross massage. It prompted the police to act and tighten their noose around such centers.
“During our decoy operations we noticed cross massages and prostitution in some centres. The managements were running a brothel under the guise of spas,” said a police official from West Zone.
The police have raided a few spas in Banjara hills, Panjagutta, Madhapur limits and booked cases against the male customers, female massagers and the owners of the spas. But the amount of punishment is too little to deter the people and owners stop them from repeating such offences.