15 women found living in empty Texas home were victims of ‘forced labor’ scheme: police

15 women found living in empty Texas home were victims of ‘forced labor’ scheme: police

In Texas, four people were arrested for running a “forced labor” program in an unassuming home in a quiet neighborhood, leaving neighbors stunned.

Fifteen women were found living in a home in Princeton, about 45 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, after a welfare check where they were forced to sleep on the floor when they weren’t working, according to Fox 4 News.

There was virtually no furniture in the home — just blankets and a pile of computers and other electronics, police said in a statement Monday.

The women were reported to police by a pest control company that was called to the home about bedbugs, according to a sworn statement obtained by the outlet.

Fifteen women were found living in an empty house in Texas, where police say they were forced to work. Princeton Police Department

The inspector noted that “each room…had 3 to 5 young women sleeping on the floor” and said there were “large quantities of suitcases.”

Chandan Dasireddy, 24; Dwaraka Gunda, 31; Santhosh Katkoori, 31 — all of Melissa, Texas — and Anil Male, 37, of Prosper were arrested in March and charged with human trafficking.

Police said the women were forced to work for Katkoori and several programming shell companies owned by him and his wife, Gunda.

A search of the home uncovered several laptops, cell phones, printers and fraudulent documents.

Investigators later learned that the forced labor operation took place in multiple locations in Princeton, Melissa and KcKinney and resulted in dozens of victims, including adult males. Additional electronic devices and documents were seized at other locations.

Four people have been arrested so far, police said. Princeton Police Department
Police said additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues. Princeton Police Department

Princeton Police Sergeant Carolyn Crawford told Fox 4 that “over 100” people were involved, more than half of them victims.

More arrests are expected, police said.

“The way we discovered this situation is very unique,” Princeton Police Chief James Waters said. “(Investigators) discovered a multitude of other clues and a multitude of other scenes that were going on there.”

The neighborhood is shocked that such an operation is taking place on their street.

“I never thought something like this would happen just a few houses down from me,” said neighbor Herbert Logan.

Another neighbour, Steven Watkins, said he had “no idea what was going on”.

“What was going on before we even moved here? It’s really dark to think about,” he said.

Police would not reveal where the victims were from or whether they had already tried to escape.