Saturday, July 01, 2006

Is it Slavery? Or Just a Little Help Around the House?

Check out this story:

An Egyptian couple with five kids move to the US. Naturally, they need some domestic help (Egyptian style) with such a large family.

So what do they do? They arrange to bring along their 12 year old servant with them (with a fraudulent visa, nonetheless) where her life continues along the same lines of what she had in Egypt. Basically, serving the family 24/7, no schooling, sleeping in a tiny space in the garage, getting beat up if she makes any mistakes, the usual stuff an average 12 year old maid goes through in Egypt. With one small difference: it’s in the US. Obviously, the family did not see they were doing anything wrong.

So what happens when the American authorities find out?

The couple is charged with human trafficking, harboring an illegal immigrant, and conspiracy. Basically, they were considered to have enslaved the 12-year-old girl.

They’ve pleaded guilty and are now expecting a sentence of three years each, possibly up to fifty years!!

How could these idiots ever have expected to get away with this in the US?

You know what’s the best part of all of this? The government gave the girl a green card, put her up at a foster home (where she’s going to a public high school), and ordered the couple to pay her back wages of $100,000!!

Yes, $100,000.

Isn’t this an incredible story?

Read the official report here.

27 comments:

Alluring said...

That's slavery, making her sleep in the garage and not paying her, what were they thinking??!!

I see many members of my family here who have maids at home but treat them extremely well.

Those couple deserve to be jailed, and good for the girl, now she will have a future!

Safiya said...

What a famtastic story. I'm so happy for the girl. She must feel like her dreams have come true.

Gilgamish said...

It is amazing in Egypt how the rich are really filthy rich and the poor are really dirt poor. Big huge gap.

I am happy for the little girl, she has a future she can make and probably support her family in the future.

Carmen said...

Now if we could only get the authorities in Egypt to do the same, life would be grand.

Leilouta said...

What were they thinking bringing her here anyway? Don't they know the rules? I wish we could get the authorities in Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar...and the rest to do the same.

Cairogal said...

How common is that still in Egypt? One might presume that this couple was educated, no? An educated Egyptian couple brought a child to the US working, if not as a slave, in near-slave status? Wow. That's something I never saw. I saw badly treated domestic servants, but at least they earned a wage (never a reason to mistreat a domestic servant or violate their basic human rights, of course).

GC said...

Well, child maids are still very common in Egypt. As for the lack of paying wages, my guess is that the family probably arranged to pay the parents back in Egypt.

GC said...

Well, child maids are still very common in Egypt. As for the lack of paying wages, my guess is that the family probably arranged to pay the parents back in Egypt.

Sand-E Sez said...

There is justice after all! I've never understood people's ability to be so cruel to those less fortunate. She's human before anything else. Had they stopped to think just for a split second that had their children been born in a less fortunate circumstance anyone of them could have ended up in her shoes.

Anonymous said...

We thought the more educated they are the more humane and decent they are but not in this case. I glad they got what they deserved and am happy for the girl. How could we treat a 12 year old girl as an adult where by we are still protecting our own children or sister at this age and assist them thru this life. Some rich people or those who could afford to have maid seems to forget that maid is also a human being like us who works for a decent/halal money and to be respected as others. Allah swt is merciful to her and to those who are being mistreated. I saw so many cases of maid child abused in Egypt when i was living there in fact it was just below one floor of my apartment in a good area!!!

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