US feds bust Tol­ly­wood sex racket in Chicago

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

Hy­der­abad: US in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies have busted an in­ter­na­tional racket traf­fick­ing Tol­ly­wood and Kan­nada ac­tresses into Amer­ica for en­gag­ing in com­mer­cial sex with In­di­ans on the pre­text of per­form­ing at Tel­ugu and other In­dian con­fer­ences.

So far, five peo­ple from the Tel­ugu and Kan­nada film in­dus­try were iden­ti­fied as sur­vivors of il­le­gal im­por­ta­tion into Chicago for pros­ti­tu­tion by a small-time Tol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion man­ager cou­ple. They are Kis­han Mo­dugu­mudi, alias Sreeraj Chen­nu­pati, and Chan­drakala Purn­ima Mo­dugu­mudi, alias Vebha Jayam, both na­tives of Hy­der­abad but il­le­gally liv­ing in the

Some Tel­ugu film ac­tresses, mod­els & an­chors taken on B1 and B2 visi­tor visa to US

A cou­ple, small-time pro­duc­tion man­agers, used to charge NRIs $1,000-3,000 for one-time sex with the women

US fed­eral agents found the cou­ple booked air tick­ets and ho­tel rooms for women

70 con­doms in mul­ti­ple zi­plock bags seized from their Chicago res­i­dence. The two have been ar­rested US. They were ar­rested on April 28, 2018 in Wash­ing­ton. US fed­eral agents of Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions have filed a crim­i­nal com­plaint in an Illi­nois court.

Ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed in the court, (a copy of which is with TOI), the of­fences took place from May 11, 2017 to Jan­uary 22, 2018. The cou­ple pur­chased air­line tick­ets and booked ho­tel rooms for the vic­tims and har­boured them ei­ther at Mo­dugu­mudi’s res­i­dence in Chicago or ho­tel rooms across the coun­try. “The ac­cused would take the vic­tims to Tel­ugu and other In­dian con­fer­ences held across the US to iden­tify po­ten­tial cus­tomers who would pay them to en­gage in com­mer­cial sex,” the HSI al­leged in the com­plaint.

Fed­eral agents seized travel records, recorded the state­ment of vic­tims, ho­tel records and state­ment of cus­tomers ac­knowl­edg­ing the pur­chase of com­mer­cial sex acts with a Tel­ugu ac­tress. When the US border pa­trol con­ducted a search on the ac­cused cou­ple, they found doc­u­ments, credit cards and a hand­writ­ten note on Maritto Ho­tel sta­tionery, which proved to be clinch­ing ev­i­dence. On the note, the name of a Tel­ugu film­star was writ­ten and ‘Wash­ing­ton DC’ and ‘Jan­uary 19 morn­ing’, ‘Room Num­ber 2018’ ‘two times” and later Room No. 404 ‘one time’ was writ­ten.

Dur­ing the raids on Fe­bru­ary 16, 2018, based on a fed­eral search war­rant at the cou­ple’s res­i­dence in Chicago, law en­force­ment re­cov­ered 70 con­doms, di­vided into mul­ti­ple zi­plock bags, a fraud­u­lent US law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dent card and se­cu­rity card in the name of Kis­han. They also seized copies of a let­ter writ­ten by the Amer­cial Tel­ugu As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) to the US con­sul gen­eral at Hy­der­abad re­quest­ing visa for spe­cific in­di­vid­u­als. A copy of the ap­point­ment let­ter for B1-B2 visa of the US con­sulate was also found.

The US court doc­u­ment re­vealed that the film­star, who is a sur­vivor, came to the US to at­tend the Tel­ugu As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia (TAS) star night event in Cal­i­for­nia on Novem­ber 8, 2017. How­ever, she ar­rived in the US two days af­ter the TAS event and trav­elled to Chicago for an­other con­fer­ence in­stead of go­ing to Cal­i­for­nia when agents be­came sus­pi­cious and be­gan a probe.

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