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Houston-area Woman Admits To Forced Labor of Worker

By: AP
By: AP


HOUSTON (AP) - A Sugar Land woman is going to prison and must
pay back earnings to a domestic employee who received only $320 for
several years of work.
A federal judge in Houston on Thursday sentenced 43-year-old
Rozina Mohd Ali to one year and one day in prison, plus ordered
nearly $73,000 in restitution.
Ali pleaded guilty to forced labor-related charges involving a
woman from Indonesia.
Prosecutors say Ali had the Indonesian woman do her domestic
work for practically no money at all, plus withheld the worker's
passport.
The worker, whose name was not released, fled the Ali household
last August.
She had been employed by Ali, first in Malaysia, since August
2002 and was in the U.S. on a temporary visitor's visa.
Ali has been in federal custody without bond.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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