National award winning actress Shweta Basu, who was arrested for prostitution in Hyderabad, has revealed that she took to the sex trade as she was running out of money.
Tamil Nesan reported that Shweta, 23, is now confined to a welfare home.
The actress, who appeared in films like Makdee and Iqbal also claimed that many other actresses were in a similar financial situation, reports AsiaOne.
She was caught in a compromising position and arrested red-handed during a sting operation carried out at a star hotel at Banjara Hills in the city on Aug 31, along with a few high-profile businessmen.
One India News reported that Shweta Basu is likely to expose her clients, who are said to be high profile business tycoons from metro cities across the country.
According to sources, Shweta may reveal the names of the businessmen who had paid one lakh each to a pimp to spend intimate time with the 23-year-old actress.
Police had revealed all information about Shweta but they did not reveal the names of her clients. Many raised questions on the cops's silence on the matter.
Reports reveal that Shweta was in the business knowingly. After her arrest, an official statement from actress said, "I have made wrong choices in my career and I was out of money. I had to support my family and some other good causes."
"All the doors were closed and some people encouraged me to get into prostitution to earn money. I was helpless and with no option left to choose, I got involved in this act."
"I'm not the only one who faced this problem and there are several other heroines who have gone through this phase," she added.
Shweta, who shot to fame as a child artiste in Ekta Kapoor's TV serial Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki, bagged the national award for best child artiste for Makdee in 2002.