Reality Check India

State of investigative journalism

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on January 23, 2010

Just when you thought the Indian media had hit rock bottom, they start digging again and guess what,  its loose soil.

Without much ado – here is Hookergate. India Todays latest cover story.

The police have recently unearthed several call girl rackets involving white-skinned girls in the capital as well as other cities like Mumbai. The general belief was that these are isolated cases but INDIA TODAY’s investigation into the new white sex trade made some startling discoveries.

Principal Correspondent Mihir Srivastava has been investigating the racket for some months now, posing as a businessman and potential client. He discovered that currently there are over 6,000 foreign women prostitutes in India, having come in on tourist visas. The better looking girls earn close to half a lakh a day! Their services could range from having sex with the client to playing hostess at a party dressed in a short skirt, high-heeled boots, and very little else.


For our cover story, we had all the details but lacked visual confirmation in the form of photographs. We then undertook a spycam operation by Srivastava and Photo Editor Bandeep Singh which shows how easily available the women are. All that is required is a mobile phone, ready cash and a taste for the erotic and exotic, which means foreign and white.

Source : Editor in chief – Mr Aroon Purie of India Today breaking the story. (boldface added)

To Mr-3-Month-Ho-Investigating-Journo-Guy,  here is a clue for you.

You don’t need to be a brave-heart investigative journalist to solicit a hooker. That my friend is the whole point !

In a country where this is a scam under every rock, there is no shortage for such stings. So readers,  if you happen to see a titillating cover on the magazine stand inviting you to part with your money with the promise of more inside, please stop and ask yourself exactly who is playing the role of the prostitute.

If you want to read some real investigative journalism please follow The Daily Pioneer. Truly the last man standing.

More links :

Blame it on the allies

We must be given clinching evidence to cover scams

Great to see Retributions back in action – here is his brilliant response to Mr Vir Sangvi “A blogging elite?”

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  1. Gaurav said, on January 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Dude I just don’t get you, why won’t you pimp the most awesome blog of all

    • rc said, on January 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm

      how about

      skimpier outfit
      more lipstick
      easier credit terms


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