A Texas couple who pleaded guilty to charges related
to forcing a Nigerian
woman to work as their nanny for two years without pay has
been ordered to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution, a
judge ruled Friday.
Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra, 49, of Katy, were
additionally sentenced to seven months in jail, seven months of
home confinement and three years’ probation for the abuse,
The Associated Press
The victim, who has not been identified, told authorities that
the couple recruited her from her home country with an
agreement that she’d be paid $100 a month to work for them,
according to a 2016 press release by The U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Southern District of Texas.
Instead, from September 2013 and October 2015, she said she was
forced to work 19.5 hour days for the couple and their five
children without pay or breaks. She was additionally subjected
to physical and verbal abuse, strictly leftover food as her
meals, and was denied a bed and warm showers.
To prevent her from leaving, she said her passport was taken
and she was physically threatened.
A Texas couple has been ordered to pay a Nigerian woman
$121,000 in restitution after keeping her as a slave in this
home, authorities said. (KDAF)
A tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center led to
the nanny’s liberation in October 2015, during which her
paperwork for obtaining a proper U.S. work visa was found
containing false information, authorities said.
In 2016, Sandra Nsobundu pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct
with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor, while
her husband, Chudy Nsobundu, pleaded guilty to visa fraud.
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