Anger and disappointment. Gelatin silver print -- 16" x 20"
Demonstrators organized by Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) protest in front of the Madras Pasand Cuisine in Berkeley, owned by Lakireddy Bali Reddy.
Reddy pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring since 1986 to illegally bring aliens into the United States from India by submitting false visa applications. He was also charged with transporting minors in foreign commerce for sexual activity. The investigation was prompted by the death of a young Indian girl brought to the U.S. using fraudulent immigration papers. In June 2001, Lakireddy was sentenced to serve 8 years in prison and to pay $2 million to the young victims.
"The Reddy case has served as a wake-up call to the South Asian American community and the Bay Area that trafficking women and girls is a huge and growing problem in our country and throughout the world. The fight against trafficking requires the involvement of im-migrant communities, including the South Asian American community. South Asian and immigrant grass roots activists are mobilizing against trafficking by ensuring that victims of trafficking have access to community support and legal representation." -- Jayashri Srikantiah, lawyer, ACLU of Northern California