A new trend has been revealed in Vijaywada wherein ATM’s are being used for sexual activities at night.
Did you know that the ubiquitous Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) which is a boon to the banking public has a totally different use? It involves students, working youths, sex workers and, of course, the night security men employed to guard the machines.
The use of ATM kiosks for sex emerged recently in Vijayawada where the electronic media uncovered such incidents taking place at ATM centres. The modus operandi, explained by sources and police later is that the security men charge anything between `300 and `500 per couple for half-an-hour. He would then hang a ‘not working’ board by the door and keep the lights switched off. He knows where the camera is and he would cover it till they had finished. Anyone who drops in to withdraw cash would be told the machine was not working and they should try the “nearby ones.”
It has another advantage. The clients could withdraw some cash on the spot and make payments: as simple as that.
After the ‘novel utility’ of the ATM came to be known, parents, hostel managers and bank authorities have gone into panic mode and they are now watching students who make the excuse of special classes and tuitions to go out at night to indulge in such activities. It is being said that of the 150 ATM centres in Vijayawada, some 40 are involved.
It is not only students but sex workers too who are involved in this new scheme, a police officer said. As of today, no arrest has been made but the security agencies have begun posting new personnel and withdrawing the security men who continue in a particular ATM for long enough to develop vested interests.
Vijayawada commissioner N Madhusudhan Reddy told Postnoon that a special team has been formed and an inquiry is on. “We will have news for you in a few days,” the commissioner assured this correspondent.
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