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Saudi princess charged with trafficking


A Saudi princess has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly forcing a Kenyan woman to work at her house against her will.

On Wednesday, Meshael Alayban, 42, identified as a Saudi princess, was reportedly arrested and charged for keeping a 30-year-old Kenyan woman at her house in the US state of California.

According to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Alayban was charged with one count of human trafficking. She could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Alayban was arrested after the Kenyan woman told a passenger on a bus she was traveling on that she was a victim of human trafficking. The passenger then helped the woman contact the police.

According to the domestic worker, she was hired in Kenya in 2012. She added that her passport was taken from her after she arrived in Saudi Arabia.

The Kenyan woman was forced to work long hours, while being paid less than agreed upon. She was also not allowed to leave the house.

“This is not a contract dispute,” said Rackauckas. “This is holding someone captive against their will.”

A $5-million bail has been set for Alayban. She has also been required to submit to GPS monitoring.

The Saudi princess has also been banned from leaving the country without prior authorization.

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