Saudi Arabian Princess Charged With Slavery
A Saudi Arabian princess faces accusations of human trafficking after a woman she supposedly kept as a domestic servant managed to escape.
The escapee is a 30-year-old Kenyan woman. She says Meshael Alayban, 42, held her and four other workers against their will in a condominium in Irvine, Calif. Alayban’s husband has six wives, and he is the grandson of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
Alayban is accused of withholding the victims’ passports and work contracts. She was arrested on Wednesday morning.
It is being reported that the Kenyan woman started to work for Alayban in March of last year. When the suspect and her three children relocated to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia in May 2013, the victim came with them to cook, clean and do laundry. Alayban supposedly promised to pay the maid $1,600 per month for her services. However, authorities allege that the woman worked 16-hour days for as little as $220 per month.
Officials say all five of the captives are in good health, and it appears they did not suffer from physical abuse.
Alayban is being held in police custody in lieu of $5 million bail.
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