Human Trafficking Orange County style

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  1. RichB

    RichB Well-Known Member

    Ruh roh

    "A SAUDI princess has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said.
    Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified 42-year-old Meshael Alayban as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison.

    Alayban was arrested after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus Tuesday and told a passenger she believed she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger helped her contact police, who searched the Irvine condo where Alayban and her family were staying, authorities said.

    The 30-year-old woman told authorities she was hired in Kenya in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia. She was forced to work excessive hours and was paid less than she was promised and not allowed to leave, authorities said.

    "This is not a contract dispute," Rackauckas told the court during a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, likening the case to slavery. "This is holding someone captive against their will."

    An Orange County judge set bail at $5 million for Alayban and required her to submit to GPS monitoring. He also banned her from leaving the county without prior authorisation.

    Alayban did not appear in court in Santa Ana. Her attorney, Paul Meyer, said the case was a contractual dispute and argued his client shouldn't be assigned a ransomlike bail solely because she was rich. He said she had been travelling to the U.S. since she was a child, owned properties here and had given her word she would address the allegations.

    "This is a domestic work hours dispute," he said.

    Rackauckas had asked the judge to deny bail for Alayban or set it at $20 million, saying it was unlikely any amount would guarantee a Saudi princess would show up in court. He said the Saudi consulate had already offered to cover $1 million in bail initially set after her arrest.

    Police say Alayban's family travelled to the U.S. in May with the victim and four women from the Philippines.

    The victim had signed a two-year contract with an employment agency guaranteeing she would be paid $1,600 a month to work eight hours a day, five days a week. But starting in March 2012, she was forced to cook, clean and do other household chores for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and was paid only $220, prosecutors said.

    Prosecutors say the victim's passport was taken from her, and she wasn't allowed to return to Kenya. In May, she was brought to the U.S. and given her passport only to pass through customs, the district attorney's office said.

    Once here, she was forced to tend to at least eight people in four apartments in the same Irvine complex, washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and ironing, the office said.

    The other four women left the home voluntarily with police once authorities arrived. They told police they were interested in being free, said Irvine police chief David Maggard Jr.

    No charges have been filed in connection with their circumstances.

    Police said there are no indications of physical abuse.

    It is the first forced labour case brought in Orange County under a human trafficking ballot initiative passed last year by California voters, and it is being investigated by local police and federal immigration authorities.

    Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security investigations in Los Angeles, said he hoped the case would encourage other trafficking victims to trust in law enforcement.

    Alayban is set to be arraigned in court Thursday. She is one of the wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the district attorney's office said.


  2. Flex Axlerod

    Flex Axlerod Banned

    She will be shuffled off to home soon. Saudis dont face justice in America. That would be bad business.
  3. Banditracer

    Banditracer Dogs - because people suck

    I'm afraid you're right. I can't see a rich Saudi princess actually having the law applied to her. But what gets me is if you're that friggen rich why would you feel the need to pull that shit when you could pay as many people as you wanted a good decent wage ?
  4. motoboy

    motoboy Well-Known Member

    2X through a hole in a sheet.

    edit: Oops, just discovered that was a myth about Jews, not Muslims.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2013
  5. flamed03r1

    flamed03r1 Well-Known Member

    News flash...

    This is very common in the Middle East. Qatar, Saudi, UAE, etc. Slavery is alive and well around the world in many places.

    I almost got arrested in Dubai at the airport for getting involved with a dispute between a local and his "maid". He kept her locked inside the house whenever the family left the house and refused to pay her any money after 4 months and was not giving her any money for a return ticket home. She had her contract and all documentation in hand but the police ignored everything. She (and pretty much all of us that work in these regions) had no rights at all.

    Luckily another observer paid for her a flight after I got escorted away by airport security.
  6. RichB

    RichB Well-Known Member

    No doubt, I'm interested to see how it will or won't be dealt with in a western legal system. Pretty unbelievable stories about the maids and general abuse of migrant workers rights.

    I cant see myself travelling or working in those parts until they change their draconian ways, which wont be any time soon.
  7. jp636

    jp636 Yellow Turd

    I have nothing to add, but she looks like the girl from Raiders Of The Lost Arc...
  8. GixxerBlade

    GixxerBlade Oh geez

    It's all about the haves and have-nots anymore. Unless you're in power or own a bank you're a have-not. This will quietly disappear from headlines. Surprised it made it this far. And she does look like the girl from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Lol Karen Allen.
  9. Stirz

    Stirz Makes my butt look big

    True Story - I worked as a contract employee for a JV our company had with a KSA company. Among other things, my Visa required a Local Sponsor (Employer) to give their permission for me to leave the country. There was also the Good Conduct document (required for entry and written entirely in Arabic) which basically said that you agree to punishment (including death) for violation of Sharia Law. Part of the gig when working there...
  10. flamed03r1

    flamed03r1 Well-Known Member

    That is common, many large and well known companies will bring highly educated Indians and Asians in on resident visa's and require that they take a bank loan out that the company controls. UAE, Qatar and KSA (Sharia) require that all debt acquired in the country be paid in full before the individuals are released. Most of their rotations are 2 years full time work for 1-3 months leave and then back again. I'm surprised at how many do this but as they explain it to's the best option they have.

    When the individuals have better job offers, they often times are blocked from taking them because their current company will not issue a letter of no objection or provide their training certs.

    The published stories in the newspapers in these countries would blow most people's minds.

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