US federal agents of Homeland Security Investigations have busted an international human trafficking racket that took Tollywood (Telugu) and Kannada actresses to America for engaging in commercial sex with Indians.
The accused have been identified as Kishan Modugumudi, 34 and his wife Chandra, who were arrested in the last week of April by US federal agency. US agencies have now filed a criminal complaint in an Illinois court.
According to the complaint filed, the offences took place from May 11, 2017 to January 22, 2018. The news broke on Wednesday after the Chicago media reported the police had filed a charge sheet in the case.
According to reports in the Chicago media, the couple promised Tollywood actresses they would participate in cultural events and conferences organised by various associations in the United States.
The couple allegedly charged clients up to $3,000 per sexual encounter. The reports said that the actresses were forced to stay in dingy, two-storey apartment buildings in the Belmont Cragin area of Chicago. They were on temporary US visas and met clients in hotels in Dallas, New Jersey and Washington.
The complained filed byHomeland Security Investigations revealed that they have statements from five victims, hotel records, customer acknowledgements of purchasing sex acts, credit cards of the accused couple, handwritten note on Mariott hotel stationery to prove the case against the couple.
The authorities also found letters from Amercian Telugu Association (ATA) to the US consul general in Hyderabad, India, requesting visas for these victims. The report also revealed that one of the Telugu filmstars had gone to the US to attend Telugu Association of Southern California (TAS) star night event in California on November 8, 2017.