A Houston-based couple was ordered at the weekend to pay more than $121,000 in restitution to a Nigerian nanny who worked in their home.
The couple had pleaded guilty to federal charges related to forcing the woman to work for nearly 20 hours a day, taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years, authorities said.
Besides, Chudy Nsobundu, 57 and his wife Sandra, 49, were sentenced to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years probation.
The couple who are are Nigerian-born, naturalised US citizens, recruited the woman by promising her a $100 monthly wage, iinstead, they abused her physically and verbally while she worked at their home in the Houstonsuburb of Katy from September 2013 to October 2015. authorities said.
Chudy Nsobundu pleaded guilty to visa fraud in 2016 while his wfe pleaded guilty to unlawfully conduct with respect to documents in further of forced labour.
According court documents, the nanny worked every day from 5.30am to 1am, with no breaks, and fresh food, and at times was allowed to drink only the left in the children’s cereal bowls.
The Nsbundus prevented the nanny from leaving their employment by witholding her passport and by threatening her with physical and mental abuse, authorities said.
The nanny reached out for help and was rescued following a trip to the National Trafficking Resource center
Prosecutors also say the couple knowingly submitted false application to the US department for the woman’s visa application
source: The Nation