Four people from AP, Telangana arrested for human trafficking in US

Four people from AP, Telangana arrested for human trafficking in US

Four people from the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were arrested in Collin County, Texas, in the US on Monday on charges of alleged human trafficking, a second-degree felony that could carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Those arrested were identified as Chandan Dasireddy, 24, Dwaraka Gunda, 31, Santhosh Katkoori, 31, and Anil Male, 37, the Princeton Police Department posted a statement on its website Monday.

Further charges against several parties are still pending as the investigation is ongoing, he said.

Police say the case came to light on March 13, when a pest control worker attending a ceremony on Ginsburg Lane saw more than a dozen women living in the same house. The young women were sleeping on the floor, there was no furniture, but there were plenty of computers and printers.

Following an initial report, Princeton police searched Santhosh Katkoori’s home and found 15 women. Various devices and documents were seized. And as the investigation progressed, other locations such as Melissa and McKinney were also discovered to have housed victims, including men. Additional devices and documents were seized and analyzed, the statement said.

According to the investigation, the police revealed that the women were forced to work for Santhosh Katkoori and his wife Dwaraka Gunda for several programming shell companies owned by them.

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