Couple To Pay Nigerian Woman $121,000 For Enslavement

By Ikenga Chronicles January 7, 2018

Couple To  Pay Nigerian Woman $121,000 For Enslavement

A Katy couple who pleaded guilty to enslaving a Nigerian woman and forcing her to work nearly 20 hours a day without pay for two years have been ordered to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution.

Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife, Sandra Nsobundu, 49, were sentenced Friday to seven months in jail and seven months of home confinement, plus three years’ probation.

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Sandra Nsobundu pleaded guilty in October 2016 to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labour, and her husband pleaded guilty to visa fraud.

From September 2013 to October 2015, the couple kept the Nigerian woman at their home and restricted her to leaving their home on two short walks a day with their children, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

According to court documents, the woman would work every day from 5:30 am to 1 am, couldn’t take breaks and had to eat leftovers and not fresh food, including being forced to drink only milk left in bowls in which the couple’s five children had eaten cereal. She also couldn’t take hot showers.

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According to court documents, the couple submitted a false visa application for the woman to the Department of State that included a statement that she was visiting to attend a niece’s graduation. Her age, marital status and other details were also incorrect.

After getting the visa, the Nsobundus paid to bring the woman from Nigeria and took her passport, visa and copies of her bank statement from her. They had also originally agreed to pay her $100 a month, but never paid her, court officials said.

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The couple also threatened the “abuse of law and the legal process” if she did not work for the couple, officials said. They also yelled at, scolded and berated the woman for moving too slowly and failing to care for the children in a way that they wanted.

The woman was rescued Oct. 10, 2015, after a tip was made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.