TOLLYWOOD AC­TRESSES IN U.S. SEX RACKET

Deccan Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - ASIF YAR KHAN | DC HY­DER­ABAD, JUNE 14

A Tel­ugu busi­ness­man­turned film pro­ducer and his wife were ar­rested in Chicago for al­legedly run­ning a sex racket by lur­ing up­com­ing ac­tresses from Tollywood and then forc­ing them to have sex with clients.

Mo­dugu­midi Kis­han, 34, and his wife Chan­dra were ar­rested in the last week of April. The news broke on Wednesday af­ter the Chicago me­dia re­ported the po­lice fil­ing a chargesheet in the case.

Ac­cord­ing to some re­ports, three Tollywood ac­tresses trav­el­ling to Chicago were stopped at Chicago air­port on Wednesday af­ter the au­thor­i­ties found that their mo­bile num­bers were stored in Kis­han’s mo­bile.

A Tel­ugu busi­ness­man­turned film pro­ducer and his wife were ar­rested in Chicago for al­legedly run­ning a sex racket by lur­ing up­com­ing ac­tresses from Tollywood and then forc­ing them to have sex with clients.

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 charge against them is that Kis­han al­legedly threat­ened one of the ac­tresses and her fam­ily if she told law en­force­ment agen­cies about what she did in the US. Kis­han’s wife Chan­dra al­legedly kept de­tailed ledgers of the sex­ual en­coun­ters of each girl, in­clud­ing where they oc­curred and how much they col­lected. Fed­eral agents dis­cov­ered the ledgers dur­ing a search of the cou­ple's apart­ment in West Belden Av­enue. In the seized mo­biles po­lice found hun­dreds of mes­sages Chan­dra had ex­changed with clients over prices for each girl. Of­ten, she would send pho­tos of the girl.

Kis­han and Chan­dra have been in fed­eral cus­tody since their ar­rest in late April in sub­ur­ban Wash­ing­ton DC. The cou­ple's two school-aged chil­dren are in the cus­tody of child wel­fare of­fi­cials in Vir­ginia.

Fol­low­ing the re­port, Movie Artistes As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Shivaji Raja said film fra­ter­nity leav­ing for any event abroad can check with the as­so­ci­a­tion.

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