In Missouri, US authorities have stepped in to rescue a 20-year-old Indian student enduring seven months of captivity and severe mistreatment. The victim, held captive and subjected to forced labor across three homes, was found with multiple bone fractures and extensive injuries, having faced brutal beatings with PVC pipes.
Police action led to the arrest of Venkatesh R Sattaru (35), Sravan Varma Penumetcha (27), and Nikhil Verma Penmatsa (23) in rural St. Charles County. These arrests are tied to charges involving human trafficking, kidnapping, and various other offenses. The accused remain in custody without bail, and legal representation details have not yet been disclosed.
The young victim, discovered due to a concerned citizen’s 911 call, is currently receiving medical care for numerous bone fractures, lacerations, and injuries covering his entire body. His ordeal included being confined without access to a bathroom and subjected to relentless abuse using various tools and objects.
Authorities revealed that the victim was forced into arduous chores starting in the early hours, followed by full-time work for Sattaru’s IT company and additional tasks, instead of pursuing studies at Missouri University of Science and Technology, his intended purpose in the US.
The horrifying ordeal involved constant surveillance, sleep deprivation, and merciless beatings for incomplete tasks. The victim endured severe physical abuse, including being kicked, stomped, and lashed, leaving him heavily injured, including prior fractures that hadn’t properly healed.
Despite the severity of the situation, the accused individuals are affluent and possess political connections in India, impacting their legal proceedings. The community expressed shock at the arrests, having interacted positively with the suspects’ families previously.
This tragic incident underscores the importance of citizen vigilance and reporting. Authorities highlighted the significance of prompt reporting, emphasizing the need to investigate any suspicious activities to prevent prolonged incidents of abuse and exploitation.