3 charged for starving, beating, keeping Indian student as slave for months in US

New York, Dec 1 (IANS): Three Indian-origin men are facing criminal charges in the US for holding a 20-year-old student from India captive and repeatedly beating, starving, forcing him into labour for several months.

The victim, who was forced to work at three homes at St. Charles County in Missouri state, was rescued by police officers on Wednesday, County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph McCulloch said.

He is currently being treated at a hospital for multiple bone fractures, as well as lacerations and injuries covering his entire body.

McCulloch charged Venkatesh R. Sattaru (35), Sravanvarma Penumetcha (23), and Nikhil V. Penmatsa (27) with crimes related to abuse through forced labour, first-degree domestic assault, and kidnapping.

“It’s absolutely inhumane and unconscionable that one human being could treat another human being like this,” McCulloch said.

The main suspect in the case, Sattaru, was identified as a cousin of the victim and his visa sponsor. He has been additionally charged with human trafficking for the purpose of slavery and contributing to human trafficking through misuse of documentation.

The three defendants were accused of confining and abusing the victim at three different homes owned by Sattaru in Defiance, Dardenne Prairie and O’Fallon, starting April 2023.

McCulloch said the victim was forced to do menial tasks and perform remote work for Sattaru’s IT company, and he was frequently beaten.

“They beat him with their fists, they stomped on him, they beat him with electrical wiring, with PVC pipes,” McCulloch said, adding that the three suspects are wealthy and have political connections in India.

“They forced him to sleep in an unfinished basement, they starved him, and limited his access to the public and to restrooms,” he added.

Police were dispatched to investigate the home after a concerned citizen became aware of his situation and called 911.

“If you see something, say something. We would much rather check it out and find nothing, than have an incident like this that’s been going on for nearly a year,” McCulloch said.

The three suspects are being held at the St Charles County Jail without bond.



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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Dec 02 2023

    Unbeleivable.That too happened in USA?Poor boy .Hope his future will be better ,wounds in his soul will heal fast.and have a good future.They must pay a good amount of money now to him for treating bad.Their Indian origin must have done this as they practice i INdia.Shame on them Breaking bones!My Goodness.He should thank the concerned citizen?

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  • Alan, Mangalore/U.S.A

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Most of the Gujjus who are in the U.S and Canada make students who come from India to work at less than the minimum wages and pay them in cash and use them as bonded labourers . Sponser the children from their extended families and treat them very badly. They own gas stations and make them pump gas or have Pizza shops and make them flip pizzas or burgers and the poor kids are caught unawares and make use of them.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Very shameful act how dare they are treating their cousin like this. This is not India. Life time they will be in prison

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    Unbelievably demonic act of crime against humanity... Very sad for the young lad... US justice system is swift and straight forward... Main culprit will receive not less than 25 years behind and the other two 15 years.... Hopefully their will be confiscated and the boy be helped to seek a decent future...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, Dec 01 2023

    what a shame? these sanskari guys are taking the nonsense throughout world and then point fingers at west...going by the names they all seem to be of telugu origin....one more example of muh mein ram ram bagal mein churi....

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