HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area couple has pleaded not guilty to charges they enslaved a woman recruited from Nigeria as a domestic servant.
Fifty-six-year-old Chudy Nsobundu (CHOO’-dee en-soh-BUHN’-doo) and his 50-year-old wife, Sandra Nsobundu, appeared in court Thursday to enter their plea.
KPRC-TV in Houston reports (https://bit.ly/1LeTjFq ) they must forfeit their home in Katy, west of Houston.
The pair faces federal charges that include forced labor, withholding documents, visa fraud, conspiracy to harbor and harboring a person in the country illegally.
An affidavit says the couple recruited the victim in Nigeria with the promise of a $100 monthly wage. Instead, they’re accused of abusing the woman physically and verbally, and denying her compensation or outside contact.
The woman was rescued Oct. 10 after more than two years of servitude.
Information from: KPRC-TV, https://www.click2houston.com
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