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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 05:53 GMT 06:53 UK
Man sentenced in US sex slave case

A wealthy Indian-born businessman has been convicted in the United States of smuggling in several Indian girls to serve as sex slaves and cheap labour, and sentenced to eight years in prison.

The man, Lakireddy Bali Reddy, was also fined $2m by the judge in Oakland, California.

Prosecutors said Mr Reddy - who owns considerable American property interests - used false visas to bring in Indian girls in their early teens from his home state of Andhra Pradesh.

As well as using them for sex, he made the girls work in one of his businesses for minimal wages.

The case first came to light when a girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning in one of his properties.

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