DA’s Office confirms family members will likely be charged with labor trafficking in addition to abuse
A Ramapo family whose matriarch recently was convicted of labor trafficking charges is accused of more of the same.
Ramapo police have charged Vikas Jagota, 36, of 26 Butternet Dr. in New City, with forcing a 32-year-old female victim’s hand through a glass door of a cabinet and then preventing her from calling police. Neighbors have told the Rockland County Times that the 32-year-old woman is Vikas’ wife.
Vikas is charged with assault in the second degree, a class D felony, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor. The child endangerment charge refers to an incident in which he allegedly struck a 3-year-old child.
Vikas’ mother Parveen is charged with criminal mischief for preventing the victim from calling police in a separate incident. Assistant District Attorney Arthur Ferraro told the Rockland County Times that the DA’s Office will likely charge Vikas and Parveen for labor trafficking. In a recent case, the DA’s Office said the family made inappropriate marital arrangements that rendered the wife of Vikas younger brother Vishal, a servant. It is likely a similar course of action will be pursued in this case.
In the original case Parveen and her daughter Rajani were both convicted of assault and labor trafficking. Rajani was sentenced to two years prison and Parveen awaits sentencing. Vishal received probation for an assault charge.