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Texas Couple Who Enslaved Nigerian Nanny Must Pay $121,000 In Restitution

They say that what goes around, comes around, and a cruel and miserly couple from East Texas who physically and emotionally abused their immigrant nanny learned that lesson this week. According to multiple media sources, the Texas couple who pled guilty to charges of forcing a Nigerian woman to work as their nanny for two years without pay was ordered by a court to pay her over $121,000 in restitution.

The amount was determined by a judge in Texas who ruled on Friday. Also of note, Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra, 49, of Katy, Texas were sentenced to seven months in jail, seven months of home confinement and three years’ probation for the abuse.

The victim explained to police that the couple recruited her by agreeing she would be paid $100 a month to work for them. However, from September 2013 and October 2015, the enslaved nanny was required to work 19.5-hour days for the couple and their five children without pay or breaks.

The 38-year-old victim was regularly physically and verbally abused while employed by the couple. The victim worked every day from 5:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. and was responsible for cleaning the house, making meals and babysitting five children.

She was not allowed to watch television or even sit down while she was working. The enslaved nanny was also forced to sleep on the floor and could not use warm water or even wash her hair.

The couple would not allow the victim to have fresh food, and could only eat the leftovers from the previously prepared meals. In one instance of alleged abuse, the wife, Sandra Nsobundu, grabbed the victim by her hair and slapped her in the face because she did not like the socks the nanny had let one of the children wear

The enslaved nanny was not allowed to use a phone and was therefore not able communicate with her family to try and get help. Also keep in mind that the nanny’s personal freedom was restricted as she was limited to the residence, and only permitted to take short walks with the youngest children around the block.

The couple also made certain that the victim could not get access to her passport or other travel documents.

The only reason that this case of domestic enslavement was discovered was an anonymous tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Fortunately, the tip was deemed to be credible, and eventually led to the nanny being freed from this situation on October 10, 2015.

The arrest of the Nsobundos in late 2015 also resulted in the discovery that the victim’s paperwork for obtaining a U.S. work visa contained false information entered and attested to by the couple.

Sandra Nsobundu pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor, and husband, Chudy Nsobundu, pleaded guilty to visa fraud. Their sentences and the amount of restitution that the couple must pay the victim were handed down in court last Friday.

Source: HuffPost
Photo: CW 33

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