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3 Charged For starving, Beating, Keeping Student As slave For Months

3 Charged For starving, Beating, Keeping Student As slave For Months

Photo: St. Charles County Prosecutor

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (IANS) – Three men are facing criminal charges for holding a 20-year-old student from India captive and repeatedly beating, starving, and forcing him into labor for several months.

The victim, who was forced to work at three homes in St. Charles County in Missouri, 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 labor, 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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  • Now that is a case that India should register in India. An attack on an Indian citizen.

    December 1, 2023
  • Hard to see Indians treating treating a fellow Indian so badly.

    December 1, 2023
  • Modi’s new found hate-filled bigotry has fueled a misguided sense of superiority among these men to torment individuals based on their caste and creed.

    December 2, 2023
  • The bastards should get a taste of swift and severe punishment.

    December 2, 2023
  • Ugly faces, ugly minds, hearts full of cruelty. An Indian mistreating his own cousin. Shame.

    December 2, 2023

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