Friday, 4 July 2008

Thursday, 3rd July 2008


Woman jailed for 11 years in U.S. slavery case

NEW YORK: A wealthy New York woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday for keeping two Indonesian women as slaves, forcing them to work up to 20 hours a day for years after confiscating their passports.
Indian-born Varsha Sabhnani and her husband, Mahender Sabhnani, were convicted in December of forced labour, peonage, harbouring aliens, document servitude and conspiracy in what prosecutors called "a case of modern-day slavery."
Mahender Sabhnani was due to be sentenced on Friday, also by Judge Arthur Spatt, at U.S. federal court in Central Islip, on New York state's Long Island.
Defence lawyers had argued that the victims made up the story and were delusional.
The couple, owners of an international perfume manufacturing and distribution business, had kept the two Indonesian women in their home in Muttontown, New York.
The investigation began when one of the victims was found in a doughnut shop wearing rags and with open wounds behind her ears, prosecutors said. The second victim was found in the home, hiding in a closet under the basement stairs.
Prosecutors said the couple, both U.S. citizens, brought two women, identified only as Samirah, 51, and Enung, 47, to the United States from Indonesia with promises to pay $200 a month for housekeeping duties.
Instead, the women testified, they were beaten with brooms, scalded with hot water and forced to eat hot chilli peppers as well as forced to carry out household duties. Both were forced to sleep on mats and had to steal food to get enough to eat, prosecutors said.
Wall Street ex-chief wins another round in his pay battle

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More rains hit flooded U.S. Midwest

Oil rises past $140 a barrel, setting a record


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EU strikes deal to cap airline emissions


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French winemakers on rampage

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3 U.S. marines among 30 killed in 2 Iraq bombings

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1 comment:

BettyWestern said...

Beautiful staircase.