4 people arrested in a forced labor network

4 people arrested in a forced labor network

Four Texas residents have been charged with running a human trafficking ring after an investigation revealed they forced more than a dozen women to take various computer programming jobs.

Santhosh Katkoori, 31, and three others were charged with second-degree human trafficking on July 8 and arrest warrants have been issued for all four individuals.

The investigation began in March, when police officers in Princeton, a town in Collin County, Texas, were dispatched to a home regarding a welfare issue.

During the investigation, police discovered that 15 women were being coerced into working for Katkoori and his wife, Dwaraka Gunda, for a series of programming shell companies owned by Katkoori and Gunda. A search warrant at the home revealed “several fraudulent laptops, cell phones and documents” which were seized and examined.

According to a statement from the Princeton Police Department, it was later determined that the women were forced to work at multiple locations in Princeton, as well as the neighboring towns of Melissa and McKinney.

In addition to Katkoori and Gunda, Princeton police have also issued arrest warrants for Chandran Dasireddy, 24, and Anil Male, 37.

Other charges remain pending as of July 9.