Human trafficking charges dropped against Johnson County family

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UPDATE (March 2016) :

Human trafficking charges against Amarjit Dhaliwal, 67, and Kuldeep Dhaliwal, 33, were dropped.

Gurdeep Dhaliwal pleaded guilty to criminal confinement and battery resulting in bodily injury. He was sentenced to one year of home detention and two years on probation. Human trafficking charges against him were dropped.

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 21, 2014)– Three members of a Johnson County family are facing charges, accused of forcing women into sex slavery and arranged marriages.

When you think about human trafficking, you don’t think about it happening in central Indiana. But it does happen here.

Prosecutors charged 29-year-old Gurdeep Dhaliwal with human trafficking. His brother, 32-year-old Kuldeep Dhaliwal, and his mother, 65-year-old Amarjit Dhaliwal face aiding in human trafficking charges.

County prosecutor Bradley Cooper said he’s never seen a situation like this before, calling it a form of modern-day slavery that went on for more than a year. Cooper said it’s the first time in Johnson County anyone’s been charged with human trafficking and the second time in Indiana.

Investigators believe heinous crimes went on behind the walls of a Greenwood home.

“She was sent over basically by a contract, forced to marry somebody. Then forced to live there and forced to be a domestic servant to this person,” said Bradley Cooper, Johnson County Prosecutor.

Cooper said Gurdeep Dhaliwal was part of an arranged marriage with the victim.

“She’s placed into a home where she’s confined to that home, forced to serve people in a domestic capacity. She’s forced to have sex. She’s beaten regularly,” he said.

Police got a tip and checked out the house back in August. That’s when they found two women there. Both said they were afraid of their husbands.

“They both endured beatings. They both endured forced sex,” said Cooper.

Cooper said the case right now just involves one woman and a contract of marriage between her and Gurdeep Dhaliwal.

She told police he beat her and forced sex frequently for thirteen months, calling her a dog and dragging her down the stairs by her hair.

A neighbor who didn’t want to be identified noticed the odd circumstances and was there when police arrested the family.

“There was always a man when the woman would come outside. She would be accompanied. Even if she would be picked up by somebody a friend or somebody coming to pick her up the guy would usually walk her out,” said the neighbor.

The prosecutor says all three suspects bonded out of jail. FOX 59 knocked on the door to the home, and nobody answered the door.

Cooper said all the victims are in a safe location. The suspects are scheduled to be in court Monday.