Four Telugus charged with human trafficking in US

Hyderabad: Princeton police in Texas, US, on Monday issued arrest warrants against four Telugu individuals living in North Texas for human trafficking, a second-degree felony.

The arrest warrants have been issued against Santhosh Katkoori, 31, Dwaraka Gunda, 31, Chandan Dasireddy, 24, and Anil Male, 37.

According to a Princeton Police Department press release, in response to a welfare concern and suspicious circumstances, Princeton Police Department dispatched officers to the 1000 block of Ginsburg Lane on March 13, 2024, at approximately 3 p.m.

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 discovered that the women were being forced to work for Katkoori and several programming shell companies owned by him and his wife, Dwaraka Gunda. 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.

Additional laptops, cell phones and documents were seized at other locations. Once all electronic devices were examined, details of the transactions were confirmed and arrest warrants were issued for the four individuals on charges of human trafficking, a second-degree felony.

According to several local media outlets in the United States, these women “victims of trafficking” were forced to sleep on the floor, without furniture, surrounded by electronic devices and blankets.

Initially, a pest control company called about possible bedbugs, discovered young women sleeping on the floor and contacted police.

While Santhosh, Dwaraka and Chandan belonged to Melissa, Anil Male is a resident of Prosper.

According to local reports, the pest control inspector found three to five women sharing each room, sleeping on the floor, and also noticed suitcases lying around the room. Growing suspicious, the pest control company notified the police.

Published July 09, 2024, 4:15 p.m. IST