A Houston-area couple, Chudy Nsobundu, 56, and his wife, 50-year-old Sandra Nsobundu face charges for forced labour, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbour an illegal immigrant and visa fraud.
According to the criminal complaint, the couple never paid the 38-year-old Nigerian the $100 monthly salary they’d agreed to compensate her before she left Lagos in 2013 to work for them.
They also allegedly forced her to work daily from 5:30am until 1am making her responsible for cleaning, cooking and caring for the couple’s five kids and nicknamed her “the idiot.” She was allegedly forced to sleep on the floor and only eat whatever food was left over from previously prepared meals; if she wanted milk, she’d have to strain it out of the children’s cereal bowls.
She wasn’t allowed to watch TV, use warm water to bath or communicate with her family. Sandra Nsobundu is also accused of dragging the victim by the hair and hitting her across her face because she didn’t like the socks the victim put on one of the children.
She was rescued on October 10, 2015 after someone submitted a tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. If convicted on all charges, the couple faces as many as 60 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
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