US forced labor scam: Four people from India arrested in Texas for human trafficking

US forced labor scam: Four people from India arrested in Texas for human trafficking

Four people of Indian origin have been arrested in the US state of Texas after being charged in a human trafficking case on July 8. The four individuals, Chandan Dasireddy, Santhosh Katkoori, Dwaraka Gunda and Anil Male, aged 24 to 38, were arrested by Princeton police. They were running a forced labor scheme in Colin County in Princeton, Fox 4 News reported.

The arrest follows an incident in which police found about 15 women in Princeton living and sleeping in a single room. Princeton police said they received a tip that a home on Ginsburg Lane in Colin County may be involved in human trafficking. Police received the tip from a pest control service in March after they began investigating.

According to a Fox4 News report, pest control was called to the residence in March. Upon inspection, the inspector found approximately 15 women sleeping on the floor in each room, along with numerous suitcases. The home was reportedly lacking furniture but did contain electronics and blankets, indicating possible human trafficking activity.

Authorities revealed that the rescued women claimed to have been forced to work for various shell companies linked to Katkoori and his wife, Dwaraka Gunda, NBC5 reported. Further investigations by Princeton police revealed that several individuals, both men and women, were victims of forced labor and served as programmers for these shell companies.

Authorities expanded their investigation to additional locations in Princeton, Melissa and McKinney. Subsequent searches led to the confiscation of items such as laptops and phones at these additional locations.