US feds bust Tollywood sex racket in Chicago

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 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.

Couple took victims to US conferences for ‘customers’

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.

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