Meshael Alayban, arrested for slavery in Orange County

Meshael Alayban, a Saudi Arabian princess, has been accused of “slavery” after one of her maids broke free from her Orange County, Calif. home and said the Saudi woman held her against her will.

The victim, a 30-year-old Kenyan woman, slipped out of the home, flagged down a bus, and later notified law enforcement officials about her predicament. According to the victim, Alayban held her and four other maids from the Philippines, stole their passports, and forced them to work for very little wages.

NBC News reports:

Alayban first hired the Kenyan native in March 2012 to work at her home in Saudi Arabia, Engen said. They had signed a two-year contract guaranteeing the worker would be paid $1,600 a month.

In May 2013, Alayban and her family moved to Irvine with the victim, who cooked, cleaned, and washed laundry for eight people.

Authorities say the victim was working 16 hours a day for $220 a month – a fraction of what they agreed upon.

According to law enforcement, Alayban will likely be the first person prosecuted in Orange County under California’s Proposition 35 law, which increased the penalty for human trafficking. Alayban is awaiting arraignment in an Orange County jail. She is scheduled to appear in court today.

  • Huda

    She and many others do that to gain instant stay in the United States. A lot of those maids ran away from their employers once they are here in the USA. It is not because of being treated like a slave, but because she is here in the United States of America. A dream come true for many of them. Had it not been for her employer, she would have never been able to get a visa to enter the USA. It is done by those maids often. I think the best solution for this type of situation is to NEVER bring them to the USA again. Have them work for their employer in the employer country where the employment was . The Saudis and other Middle Easterners need to hire local help when they get to the USA and avoid this kind of problems. Also, The princess does not live in the United states. She is here visiting ONLY.

  • Jade

    Why are you defending her so much? She your sister?

  • chanela17

    umm that’s why they’re rich. most wealthy people are VERY frugal.

  • kayla2003

    You evil too, you must do stuff like that too. Stop holding people against their will. Clean your own house you nut case. She evil, mean and hateful and so arte you Huda..

  • fozi

    Ok, first in Saudi Arabia labour usually live in the same house as the household. Before making judgements understand that this happens in Saudi and every gulf country. Are they treated bad ? yes but the percentage is low comparing to people who are satisfied. Would you think the household would tell them they’ll work for a certain hours per day, and then they get captivated ? Thats nonsense. 99% of maids live at the same place as the household. Otherwise why would they go to Saudi to work? and yeah btw, the only people who get $1600 in Saudi are bankers :) so you have to have a degree(bachelor minimum) .. Howcome it never came to mind that the maid knew the law in US and get financial benefits ??

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