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    Saudi princess charged with human trafficking

    Saudi princess charged with human trafficking
    July 11, 2013

    A Saudi princess has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will at an Orange County condominium, US prosecutors said. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified Meshael Alayban, 42, as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison. Alayban was arrested after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus and told a passenger she believed she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger helped her contact police, who searched the Irvine condo where Alayban and her family were staying, authorities said.

    The 30-year-old woman was hired in Kenya in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia. She was forced to work excessive hours and was paid less than she was promised and not allowed to leave, authorities said. "This is not a contract dispute," Rackauckas told the court during a bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon. "This is holding someone captive against their will." An Orange County judge set bail at $US5 million for Alayban and required her to submit to GPS monitoring. He also banned her from leaving the county without prior authorisation.
    Source: Sydney Morning Herald

    Usually the way it works is that Saudi princesses will arrive via airliner in southern California with an entourage of hundreds. They stay for at least a month and will rent an entire floor or two at a luxury hotel... usually not far from Rodeo Drive. A portion of the entourage (tutors, security personnel, etc) is paid well and almost all hail from Arab ME countries. The other portion (domestics) is not paid so well and usually hail from Africa and SE Asia. Chauffeurs are all American and will receive payment upon the departure of the princesses. It is not a flat fee... they will receive monetary compensation according to how their princess viewed the services rendered.

    It is well known that the passports of non-royals are confiscated by the entourage security personnel at the airport. Usually US authorities try to avoid problems with the Saudi's because they inject quite a bit of money into the local economy... around $30 million in 30 days. What has happened here is a bit unusual.

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    This should be VERY interesting.


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    For one wild and giddy moment I thought she may have been arrested in Saudi Arabia. For a moment.... As BF says this will be VERY interesting. I can't recall having seen President Obama walking hand in hand with any Saudi princes.
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    Ridiculous amounts of oil wealth and members of the Arab monarchy still cant treat the hired help humanely and offer proper wages ...
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    seriously. if they offered $50/hr for hired help, which is toilet paper money for the royals, there would be a mob of domestics waiting at her beck and call.
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    It's not about the money. They are racist to the core and will treat any worker from S. Asia or Africa as sub-human not worthy to be anything more than their slave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestorm View Post
    It's not about the money. They are racist to the core and will treat any worker from S. Asia or Africa as sub-human not worthy to be anything more than their slave.
    Very true - one merely has to compare the financial compensation given to identically qualified employees (one White and one South Asian) performing identical tasks in the Gulf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firestorm View Post
    It's not about the money. They are racist to the core and will treat any worker from S. Asia or Africa as sub-human not worthy to be anything more than their slave.
    One reason why I hate Dubai, its built on a modern version of slavery
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    As she is not likely a credentialed diplomat, she might actually be detained for a few days.

    After that, her family will pull the appropriate strings and she'll go home. And her family will sympathetically remark on the quaint notions of the foolish infidels.
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    On the subject of 'racist attitudes' and 'sadistic streaks' in the Gulf Royals, I am sure many of you remember this incident:
    A member of the United Arab Emirates ruling family has been caught on video torturing an Afghan grains trader.

    The footage shows the Afghan being abused with an electric cattle prod, beaten with whips and a plank of wood with a nail in it, and driven over by a car at a desert location in 2004.

    One of the men - who the Government of Abu Dhabi has confirmed is Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a brother of the UAE President and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince - pours what appears to be salt into the man's wounds for 'cheating' him. A uniformed policeman also takes part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agnostic Muslim View Post
    On the subject of 'racist attitudes' and 'sadistic streaks' in the Gulf Royals, I am sure many of you remember this incident:
    This part is probably as disgusting as the rest

    The Human Rights Office of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department believed that the matter was resolved between the two parties and no criminal charges were brought by either party, it said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    As she is not likely a credentialed diplomat, she might actually be detained for a few days.

    After that, her family will pull the appropriate strings and she'll go home. And her family will sympathetically remark on the quaint notions of the foolish infidels.
    Quaint you say? I doubt that particular word will be used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    As she is not likely a credentialed diplomat, she might actually be detained for a few days.

    After that, her family will pull the appropriate strings and she'll go home. And her family will sympathetically remark on the quaint notions of the foolish infidels.
    Exactly. The wallets will open and the princess will be on her way back home with a new slave in tow. You can't expect a whole lot of justice in these cases, but I do hope the worker doesn't have to deal with any repercussions for drawing negative attention to the royals.

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    Same old, same old. This has been going on for centuries and will most likely continue well into the future. Just sickening when you really think about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    As she is not likely a credentialed diplomat, she might actually be detained for a few days.
    A few days in a bull pen full of bull dykes would not only make for a good punishment but good reality TV. Shame it ain't gonna happen.

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