Saudi Princess Charged with Human Trafficking

Meshael Alayban

Damn princesses think they can do whatever they want. A Saudi princess has been accused of holding a domestic servant against her will at her condo in California.

Meshael Alayban, 42, the Saudi princess who prosecutors said is one of the six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud, faces one felony count of human trafficking. If she’s just one of six wives, think how many other slaves there are out there!

Alayban was arrested after a 30-year-old Kenyan woman escaped her condo on Tuesday and made her way to the police. The Kenyan woman claims the original deal was 8 hours of work, 5 days a week, at $1,600 a month – so basically minimum wage. But after Alayban hired her, she took the woman’s passport, made her work twice as long and only paid her $220 a month.

My client was a slave to this woman,” said Steve Barick, a lawyer for the accuser.

“She wasn’t able to freely move about. She had her ability to move in and about the country taken away. She was intimidated. She was promised one thing when she was in another country and when she was brought here that was changed. She was overworked. She was underpaid.”

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said that the Kenyan woman was subjected to “forced labour,” and compared Saudi Princess Alayban to a slave owner.

“It’s been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, and slavery has been unlawful in the United States, and certainly in California, all this time, and it’s disappointing to see it in use here,” said Rackauckas, who had requested that Alayban’s bail be set at $20 million.

Sadly, the bail didn’t get set quite that high. The princess was released on Thursday after paying a mere $5 million in bail. If she had just spent a fraction of the bail money on paying her employees she probably wouldn’t be in this mess. Something to think about Saudi princesses, something to think about.

Still, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Saudis (especially the princesses) treat their domestic slaves like crap. In 2002, Saudi princess Buniah al-Saud, who was living in Florida, was accused of pushing her maid down a flight of stairs and in 1995 another Saudi princess, Maha Al-Sudairi, allegedly beat a servant in front of sheriff’s deputies – which also happened in Florida… 

Via: The National Post

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