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Saudi Arabian princess enslaves Kenyan woman in Orange County Home

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Meshael Alayban, who is accused of keeping a Kenyan maid as a slave Help is so hard to come by in this day in age, but not so much for the family of  al-Saud, a royal family in Saudi Arabia. According to The Guardian, Prosecutors in southern California have charged a Saudi Arabian princess with human trafficking and accused her of bringing a Kenyan woman to the United States and holding her against her will as a servant.

42 year old Meshal Alayban reportedly enslaved the Kenyan woman, holding her against her will in an Orange County condominium. Allegedly, Alayban brought the slave (who shall remain nameless) to California back in May 2013. Despite her heavy work load including washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and ironing clothes, the Kenyan woman was only paid a measly $220 a month.

If the plot couldn’t get any worse, Alayban ceased the slaves passport and stripped her of other identifications to avoid possibilities of the woman escaping. According to Daily Mail, The 30 year old Kenyan woman was hired by an agency back in March 2012 and eventually made her way to the United States, working for the Alayban family.

Luckily the Kenyan woman escaped, but her suitcase was flagged down by a bus employee. The woman sobbed as she explained the story to one of the passengers on the bus, and they immediately made way to Meshal’s home.

Upon arrival to the home, four other workers of Philippine descent were also trapped in the house under the Alayban’s capture. Meshael Alayban has been charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she will hopefully be sentenced to 12 years in prison. The Alayban family is currently under investigation in regards to a possible human trafficking scheme including Meshael, her husband and other family members that resided in the Orange County home.

Just when you thought people were old enough to clean up their own mess, they’ll go and make a messier situation for themselves. This incident is one out of the many instances of enslavement that plague the lives of foreign citizens traveling to the United States in hopes of creating a better life.


By: Britt L