Mom, 2 sons accused of human trafficking in Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. - Police in Johnson County are investigating a possible human trafficking case after detectives say a woman from India was forced into slavery by a mother and her two sons.

Amarjit Dhaliwal and her sons Kuldeep and Gurdeep Dhaliwal are accused of enslaving a woman brought to the U.S. from India as part of an arranged marriage.

According to court documents, Gurdeep Dhaliwal kept the woman locked in the house where she acted as a servant. She was also allegedly beaten and forced to have sex.

Neighbor Amanda Hall said the allegations have put her on alert in her own home.

"I'm glad I have an alarm system and I'm keeping my kids inside," Hall said. "You've got women who are being beaten and raped and it's just not something you want in your neighborhood."

Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper says this is the only human trafficking charge he has worked in 20 years. 

"The (suspects) are out on bond right now and awaiting trial," Cooper said. "I can't tell you that it's a giant systemic problem in Johnson County."

The initial hearing for Gurdeep Dhaliwal was scheduled for March 5 and the pre-trial for Amarjit and Kuldeep Dhaliwal was set for April.

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