Noida: Thirty five people including 25 women and foreign nationals were arrested from spa centres in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on Sunday night (June 30) during simultaneous police raids. Officials confirmed that raids were conducted on over a dozen spa centres that allegedly ran sex rackets.

There were foreign nationals among those arrested, including those from Thailand and Nepal, police officials said, but did not give the exact count.

"On the direction of Senior Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Krishna, the raids were conducted late in the evening at 14 spa centres in the commercial hub of Sector 18. The raids continued till almost midnight," Gautam Buddh Nagar (Rural) Superintendent of Police (SP) Vineet Jaiswal said.

He also added that 14 police teams involving seven circle officers, eight station house officers, 30 sub-inspectors and both male and female constables carried out the raids.

"Altogether 35 people — 10 men and 25 women — were arrested from these spas, including multiple foreign nationals. Around Rs. one lakh in cash, beer, used and unused condoms, along with other objectionable articles, were seized from these spa centres," Jaiswal said.

However, the police have stated that none of the spa owners were arrested yet but their names would be included in the FIR.

Some spa centres were only sealed as there was no direct sexual activity taking place. Three of those were found involved in sex trade, while the others showed serious irregularities, the SP said.

A case was registered against the spa centres and their owners would be charged under the stringent Uttar Pradesh Gangsters Act, he added.