Thursday

"Nanny/Housekeeper" SLAVE in Katy,Texas

Jacalyn S. Burke, in her book " The Nanny Time Bomb" writes eloquently about wrong actions against a group of helpless women ( usually) who are trapped into very bad situations involving domestic services / childcare / nannying and more. Words cannot describe the abuse - "slavery" might be a better word.

In Katy Texas - a very prosperous, upward mobile area of Houston, the Feds say a "nanny / housekeeper" has been put through a "nightmare. "

ANATOMY OF A MODERN ENSLAVEMENT

The sprawling home in Katy's Cinco Ranch area would seem like a dream to an impoverished, illiterate woman from Nigeria, but federal agents contend it was a house of nightmares, where a nanny/servant was abused,degraded and locked away from the world.

The woman, identified in court documents as A.E. for her protection, was allegedly forced to sleep on the floor, allowed to eat only leftovers and prohibited from washing her hair. She also could not sit down or watch TV during her 20-hour days of cleaning house and nanny/baby sitting. The 37 year old was subjected to other humiliations such as only being able to use milk strained from the leftovers in the children's cereal bowls.

The woman, who is not married and does not have children, was allegedly not paid for her work and cut off from contact with her relatives back in Africa. She is now hidden and protected as a victim of human trafficking, while her abusers were marched into federal court in downtown Houston Tuesday in shackles. They have been temporarily released on bail.

CHUDY NSOBUNDU, 56, and his wife, SANDRA NSOBUNDU, 50, both naturalized U.S. citizens who have 5 children- are accused of roles in a conspiracy to enslave the woman.They allegedly broke labor and immigration laws and committed other crimes, according to court documents. He works in the health care industry as an administrator and director of nursing for a health care co. according to LinkedIn. Her employment is not clear.

A HIDDEN WORLD

The charges against them speak to the often hidden world of abusing domestic help behind closed doors in a sprawling international city such as Houston, where there are so many people from so many places, and a culture of not meddling in the lives of others. Cases such as this one are harder to detect than sex trafficking / prostitution because the "nanny/housekeeper" victim has very little contact with the outside world and their plight can go undetected. Authorities contend A.E. worked each day from 5:30 am until 1am and was responsible for cleaning the house, preparing meals and taking care of the couple's 5 children who range in age from 3 to 21 years old.

A.E. was saved by a Hero, the story will continue.

READERS!!!!! Do you know or suspect any "Nanny/Victim" being mistreated who cannot help themselves? Contact Us - we know who to call!

By permission -

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The Houston Chronicle ( an award winning paper)

Authors / Writers Dane Schiller and Emily Foxhall


6 comments:

Karen Nomore said...

we need to bring awareness to this, its happening more than we think. Yet its still shocking every time i hear of it. this should not be happening in America. To think someone would be treated this way, its so wrong. it just makes me sick. i feel terrible for the enslaved woman and those kids. i hope those distgusting parents learn their lesson. people need to remember when you hire a domestic worker you are now an employer and are responsible for treating them with respect and dignity aswell as following all the guidlines and laws pertaining to domestic workers. these people care for your children!!! its a hard job, if it was easy you wouldnt need them. treat them accordingly ugh!!!!!!

Jaxx said...

I just bought the book " Nanny time bomb". I cannot wait to read it. I am currently reading "Pretty Baby" by Mary Kubica"

Leigh Raymer said...

When you finish please give us a review of "Pretty Baby" The Nanny Time Bomb by J. Burke is really fascinating - it's like taking ALL the subjects we talk about here on this site and weaving them into a theme. Substituting extra emotion with logical and talented writing - you will love it and I hope you will give a review/opinion

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am a nanny who also works and lives in Katy, Tx. Its crazy how many horrors are right under our noses.

Jr. Williams said...

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Kara Ivy said...

There is another book called, "The Professional Nanny" written by educator Monica Bassett it covers topics such as: The Nanny Work Agreement
Insurance and Nanny Payroll Taxes
Applying for work and the interview
Negotiation of a work agreement
Nanny orientation and relocation
Time management and nanny:parent communications
Personal health and avoiding burnout
Leaving a job

I haven't read if but it seems it would be a great resource for a first time nanny.