Saudi Princess Charged With Human Trafficking in California

Saudi Human Trafficcking.JPEG-0208bWe have another Saudi royal on the criminal docket. The latest family member of the House of Saud was arrested in Santa Ana for human trafficking where a Kenyan woman gave a familiar account of domestic workers in Saudi Arabia. She said that her passport was taken and she was forced to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week for virtually no money. Meshael Alayban, 42, is one of the wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

Once in the United States, the woman apparently realized that she had a chance for freedom. The 30-year-old domestic worker from Kenya was seen flagging down a Southern California bus and told a passenger that she was being held against her will.

Police arrested the princess at an Irvine condominium and searched the residence. Her lawyer insists this is merely a contractual dispute. She signed a two-year contract with an employment agency for $1,600 a month to work eight hours a day, five days a week. However, she told police that she was paid only $220 and forced to cook, clean and do other household chores. In Irvine, she says that she worked 16 hours to care for at least eight people in four apartments in the same Irvine complex, washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and ironing

Alayban’s bail was set at $5 million. She was ordered to submit to GPS monitoring and banned her from leaving the county without authorization.

Source: Washington Post

27 thoughts on “Saudi Princess Charged With Human Trafficking in California”

  1. Sad but true, Mike A.

    Were justice to be served, the “Princess” would be spending some time behind bars before a deportation and an invitation to never come back.

    Then again, if the Federal government was interested in justice, Riyadh would be occupied right now and Iraq wouldn’t have been invaded.

  2. Let’s put the federal government to the test. See what matters to them most, their saudi friends or the rights of this woman from Kenya.

    Title 18 USC Section 1589

    Somehow, I doubt the US gov’t will get involved. They should.

  3. After living in Central Florida for forty years, I have heard numerous tales of assault and gross mistreatment of servants by visiting Saudi royalty. And I cannot recall a single instance in which one of these prima donnas has actually been imprisoned. In the case described in the story, my bet is that the servant will receive asylum here and that Her Royal Haughtiness will work something out without ever having to step into a courtroom again in the matter.

  4. From that article:

    “Khaled Abou El Fadl, a professor of Islamic law at UCLA, said servants are treated so poorly for so long, ‘that they become completely docile, the Saudi employer cannot imagine them as anyone who has free will, so they comfortably view them as part of the baggage and bring them to the U.S. or Europe.’

    Sometimes, however, servants use these trips as a chance to escape. ‘There have been warnings from the Saudi government to wealthy people not to bring their domestic servants when they travel to the U.S. or Europe, for precisely this reason,’ Abou El Fadl said.” [emphasis added]


    Our “allies” in the region.

    If you find any of this outrageous and sickening, don’t worry.

    It only means you’re a human with a conscience and paying attention.

  5. HumpinDog here. I have been engaged lately with a new dog in a neighborhood down the road from our marina. Her name is Lunacy. They eat dogs in Saudi Arabia so I wont even address the topic of slave master Saudi Princesses from a Muslim Bro Pirate Territory. She needs to do a day in prison for every day she imprisoned each person in her slave pen. Simple justice.

  6. Yet another Saudi royalty involved in human trafficking…
    There’s plenty of cases like this each year in France and, generally, they gey away by the virtue of diplomatic impunity.

    As for the motive: slavery is illegal only since 1964.

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