Four Indian-Americans arrested for allegedly organizing human trafficking in Texas

Four Indian-Americans arrested for allegedly organizing human trafficking in Texas

Four Indian-Americans, including a woman, have been charged with allegedly running a labour trafficking scheme from a home in the US state of Texas, a media report has reported.

The Princeton Police Department has released details of an investigation that led to the arrest of four people after 15 women were found inside the home as suspected victims of labor trafficking, news portal Fox4News.com reported Monday night.

Chandan Dasireddy, 24, Dwaraka Gunda, 31, Santhosh Katkoori, 31, and Anil Male, 37, all arrested in March, are now charged with human trafficking, a second-degree felony, and more arrests are expected, the network reported, citing police.

Authorities discovered that all of the young women living under the same roof were forced to sleep on the floor of a home on Ginsburg Lane in Collin County, Princeton. “There was no furniture inside the home, which was a center of human trafficking, just a pile of electronics and blankets,” police said.

Another news portal, McKinney Courier-Gazette, said officers from the Princeton Police Department were dispatched to a residence on March 13 regarding a welfare issue and a suspicious circumstance.

“After further investigation of the initial report, Princeton Police detectives obtained a search warrant for the home of Santhosh Katkoori, where 15 adult females were located.

During the investigation, it was found that the women were forced to work for Katkoori and several programming shell companies owned by him and his wife, Dwaraka Gunda,” he said.

During the execution of the search warrant, several laptops, cell phones, printers and fraudulent documents were seized. It was later determined that several locations in Princeton, Melissa and McKinney were involved in the forced labor of the victims, including adult men, the portal said, adding that additional laptops, cell phones and documents were seized at the other locations.

The initial concern was raised by a pest control company, which was called out for a possible bed bug infestation. “Once inside, the inspector noticed that in each room, there were 3 to 5 young females sleeping on the floor. There were also large amounts of suitcases. The company contacted police,” Fox4News.com added.

The news portal quoted Princeton Police Sergeant Carolyn Crawford as saying that more than 100 other people were involved, “more than half of whom were victims.” However, she did not reveal what type of work operation was underway.

(This article has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)