A Katy, Texas couple who pleaded guilty to enslaving a Nigerian woman and forcing her to work without pay for two years, was ordered to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution.
On Monday (Jan. 8), U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas sentenced Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra Nsobundu, 49, to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years on probation.
The naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Nigeria recruited the woman there and promised her a minimum wage of $100 a month. Instead, authorities say the couple abused her physically and verbally while forcing her to tend to their five children. The unlawful labor took place from September 2013 to October 2015, Dallas News reports.
In 2016 Chudy Nsobundu pleaded guilty to visa fraud while his wife pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor.
According to court documents, the nanny would work every day from 5:30 am to 1 a.m., couldn’t take breaks and had to eat leftovers and not fresh food, including being forced to only drink milk left in bowls in which the children had eaten cereal. She also couldn’t take hot showers.
Authorities said the Nsobundus prevented the nanny from leaving their employment by keeping her passport and by threatening her with physical and mental abuse.
The nanny reached out for help and was rescued following a tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Her name has not been released.
Prosecutors also say the couple knowingly submitted a false application to the U.S. State Department for the woman’s visa application.
(Source: Dallas News)