A couple of Indian origin had allegedly lured at least five actresses from Tollywood and advertised them for sex at Indian conferences and cultural events across the United States. Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have said that the couple had allegedly been running a high-end prostitution racket. They were arrested by police in the U.S.

The mastermind of the prostitution racket was Kishan Modugumudi. This 34-year-old was an Indian businessman and a player in the Telugu film industry and had already co-produced several hit films there.

US authorities filed a 42-page criminal complaint at the District Court in Chicago. In the complaint, the investigating team claimed that the prostitution ring charged clients up to USD 3,000 for each sexual encounter.

The report said that the couple, Modugumudi and his wife Chandra (31), kept all the records of the sex acts done by each girl, as well as where those encounters had taken place and how much they earned.

The five actresses, who have not been named in the complaint, had gone to the US there on temporary visas. The actresses sometimes forced them to stay in dirty, two-story apartment building in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin. There they were waited for their next “date.” They were also sent to clients in hotels at conferences in Dallas, New Jersey and Washington.

If the actresses attempted to inform anything to the US law enforcement agencies about the truth of what they did while they were in the country, they would be allegedly threatened with their life lives or those of their family members.

The complaint further alleged that Modugumudi told the woman, identified in the charges only as Victim A, that “it would be nothing for him to harm her if she talked to the police about him because she is small and unknown, not a big actress.”

The report added “(He) further stated he had a copy of her passport with her family’s name and address in it.”

The records show that Modugumudi and his wife have been sent to federal custody on an earlier occasion also in late April in suburban Washington.

It has been reported that at the Federal Court in Chicago, the couple were seen in jail clothes. They listened to the detention hearing of the proceedings through a Telugu interpreter.

Attorney Molly Armour, appearing for the Modugumudi, informed the court that attempts were being made by her to locate a suitable place for the couple to live so that they could be freed on bail, however, those attempts have been unsuccessful so far.

The couple were ordered to remain in custody for the time being by the US Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez. Meanwhile, the child welfare officials in Virginia have taken custody of the two school-age children of the couple.

Tollywood is the Telugu film industry is one of the oldest and demanding in India.

(Adapted from TheIndianExpress.com)