Three Greenwood residents were arrested Monday, January 20, 2014, for human trafficking after a woman claimed she was brought to Indiana in an arranged marriage, was beaten, sexually assaulted, and forced into servitude the Indianapolis Star reports.
Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper charged these three men in association with these claims. Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal, 29, was charged with human trafficking, while his brother Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, 31; and mother, Amarjit Dhaliwal, 65; were charged with aiding human trafficking. Gurdeep is claimed to have kept his wife as a prisoner in their home in the 2800 block of Treehouse Pass.
“It’s akin to human slavery and it will not be tolerated,” Cooper said.
The crimes are class B felonies, carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted. All three suspects posted bond of $50,000 and were freed Tuesday from Johnson County Jail.
This investigation began in August after a concerned citizen, Keri Sanders, called 911 reporting that the woman, her sister, and sister's 21-month-old son were being confined in the family's home in a closet. The woman's sister is married to Kuldeep.
The victim reported to police on Oct. 22 that she arrived in the U.S. and married Gurdeep in September 2012. She claimed that the abuse began on their wedding night when he slapped and raped her.
The woman told police that she was repeatedly beaten, forced to have sexual intercourse, forced to perform household chores, and was not allowed to leave the home without an escort.
The women told police they were scared of their husbands and were beaten regularly, once of these incidents resulting in a perforated eardrum. Upon the arrest of the three, the women and child were safely placed with a friend.