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CASE NAME:United States v. Lakireddy Bali Reddy
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Lakireddy Bali Reddy, Annapurna Lakireddy,Vijay Kumar Lakireddy, Prasad Lakireddy, Jayaprakash Lakireddy
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DOCKET NUMBER:C 02-3752 CW, CR00-40028 CW
SOURCE:Bloomberg, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30792
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Sandra Brown Armstrong
YEAR OF ARREST:2000
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:25 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:India
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:H-1B visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant, Sex Slavery
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Bring Aliens into the US illegally
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Transportation of a Minor in Foreign Commerce for Illegal Sexual Activity
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C § 2, 18 U.S.C. § 2423
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THIRD CHARGE:False Statement on a Tax Return
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:97
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:2,000,000
FINE IMPOSED:30,000
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SUMMARY:Between 1986 and January 2000, Defendant Lakireddy Bali Reddy, who was the organizer and leader of the illegal sex, labor and human trafficking ring, and his codefendants, members of his family, conspired to bring Indian nationals into the US with fraudulent visas. Defendant Bali Reddy brought many of his victims through exploiting the H-1B visa system, claiming that the victims were computer programmers. Once in the US, the victims were forced to clean Defendant Bali Reddy's building and be his sex slaves. The Indian victims usually entered the US with fraudulent identities and fraudulent Indian passports. Defendants arranged for the falsification of the those documents, the transportation and harboring of the victims, and for their employment. Specifically, Defendant Lakireddy Bali Reddy arranged that Venkateswara Vemireddy enter the US on a fraudulent visa, bringing his sister, posing as his wife, and two minor Indian girls, posing as their daughters, into the US. In similar ways, between 25 and 99 Indian nationals were brought into the US. At least some of the victims were young women and girls from extremely impoverished Indian families, who were desperate to come to the US and depended entirely on Defendant Lakireddy Bali Reddy for employment, living expenses and arrangements and income both in the US and in India. Many of the victims were abused both physically and verbally at the hands of Defendant Bali Reddy, his family and his associates. In addition, many of the victims, if not all, did not speak English and were kept in complete isolation for such an extented period of time that they sustained extreme psychological injuries. Defendant Jayaprakash Lakireddy, the brother of Defendant Lakireddy Bail Reddy, is Defendant Annapurna Lakireddy's husband. Defendants Kumar Lakireddy and Prasad Lakireddy are Defedenant Bail Reddy's sons.
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