Houston doctor arrested for alleged involvement in NY prostitution ring

GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - A Houston psychiatrist is facing several charges for his alleged involvement in a human trafficking ring in New York.

Riyaz Mazcuri, 62, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Gregg County Jail on a federal warrant, according to online court records.

Mazcuri, also known as "The Doctor," is a practicing psychiatrist in the Houston area.

According to federal court documents filed Thursday, Mazcuri and three other men have been indicted for organizing a human trafficking organization.

The suspects are accused of luring woman from India under the false pretense that they would perform Indian cultural programs in the United States.

Once the women arrived in the U.S., the men allegedly forced them to dance in nightclubs in front of crowds of men for twelve to fourteen hours per night, seven nights a week.

The men are also accused of confiscating the dancers' passports, and physically restraining and threatening them to keep them hidden in houses and hotel rooms when they were not performing.

Court documents show the men also allegedly made false statements in visa applications in order to get the women into the U.S.

Some of the women were also forced into prostitution, court documents allege.

The men reportedly worked together from 2008 to 2010 in New York and other locations.

Mazcuri is charged with forced labor conspiracy, visa fraud conspiracy, visa fraud and foreign labor contracting fraud conspiracy,

He is scheduled to appear in a New York courtroom August 1.


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