4 Indians arrested in US for human trafficking, forced labor system discovered

4 Indians arrested in US for human trafficking, forced labor system discovered

Four Indians have been arrested in Princeton, New Jersey, on charges of human trafficking. Following a welfare visit, authorities uncovered a forced labor operation in Collin County. Although the arrests occurred earlier this year, in March, the Princeton Police Department is now releasing details of the investigation.

Four Indians were arrested in Princeton, New Jersey, for human trafficking earlier this spring (X, formerly Twitter/ @sudhakarudumula)
Four Indians were arrested in Princeton, New Jersey, for human trafficking earlier this spring (X, formerly Twitter/ @sudhakarudumula)

Police uncover forced labor operation in New Jersey, four Indians arrested

On March 13, police responded to a call about welfare concerns and a “suspicious circumstance” at a home in the 1000 block of Ginsburg Lane. According to an affidavit, the pest control company that inspected the home for possible bed bugs informed authorities that “in each room … there were 3 to 5 young females sleeping on the floor.”

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Princeton Police Sergeant Carolyn Crawford said more than a dozen people were involved in the forced labor scheme. “I can probably say over 100. Easily,” she said, adding that more than half of them are victims, according to Fox 4. Four Indians — Chandan Dasireddy, 24, Dwaraka Gunda, 31, Santhosh Katkoori, 31, and Anil Male, 37 — have been arrested and charged with human trafficking.

Police also said the victims included men and women who worked as programmers. While authorities did not reveal the exact nature of the alleged shell companies, they seized several laptops, phones, printers and fraudulent documents during the search of the home.

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Princeton Police Chief James Waters, who had been working on the case for several months, said, “The way we got to this situation is very unique,” adding, “They found a multitude of other clues and a multitude of other scenes that were going on there.” They later learned of several other locations in the towns of Princeton, Melissa and McKinney where forced labor operations were taking place.