Saudi Princess Arrested, Charged With Human Trafficking in Calif.

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Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 12:48 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Saudi princess living in California was arrested Wednesday after a domestic worker from Kenya escaped from her building and told police she was a victim of human trafficking.

Meshael Alayban, 42, whom prosecutors said is one of the six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, was charged with human trafficking after police found four more women being held at her Irving, Calif., condo, KTTV Los Angeles reported.

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The 30-year-old Kenyan woman who escaped from Alayban's home Wednesday flagged down a city bus for help. She told police she was hired in 2012 to work for Alayban in Saudi Arabia, but was instead brought to America, stripped of her passport, and forced to work excessive hours for little pay.

The victim reportedly signed a two-year agreement to work as a maid eight hours a day, five days a week for $1,600 a month, but said she regularly worked 16+ hours a day and was paid as little as $220, KTTV reported.

The four other women were Filipino, according to NBC Los Angeles. All five women were in good health and showed no signs of abuse, police said.

"The laws of our nation and California do not tolerate people who deprive or violate the liberty of another and obtain forced labor or services," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement.

Alayban, who owns many condominium complexes in the Irving area, was ordered to wear a GPS-monitoring device and forbidden from leaving the county without authorization while she awaits her next court date. A judge set bail at $5 million.

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