A Tamil actress who allegedly resorted to prostitution to tide over a financial crisis was arrested along with her stepbrother on Saturday night.
Caroline Mariyath, a 22-year-old Tamil film actress and popular model from Chennai, was arrested from a five-star hotel by the Social Security Cell of the Crime Branch.
The police suspect that it was her stepfather who worked as her pimp. The stepfather was said to be absconding.
Mariyath has been a model in many advertisements of diamond and textile companies.
The police said she took to prostitution because of a delay in the release of three of her films.
It is assumed that her stepfather, Ranjeeth Mariyath Asan, who is a model photographer, allegedly helped her get clients along with her stepbrother M Rajkumar, who worked as her manager.
The police said they suspected Mariyath’s stepbrother Rajkumar worked as her agent.
They said Rajkumar had come to the city in a rented car and checked into a room, following which the two were arrested, reports NDTV.