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.
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