A Saudi princess was arrested on suspicion of keeping slaves after police say a forced domestic servant from Kenya escaped from a three-story building in Irvine and alerted authorities. Meshael Alayban, 42, was booked into jail in Orange County after police said they found four additional women allegedly being held against their wills at her building.
All five women were in good health and showed no indications of physical abuse. The Saudi princess allegedly stole their passports and work contracts, and forced them to work long hours for less than $10 a day. Alayban, a mother of three, is one of the six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nassar bin Abdulaziz al Saud.
The victim who allegedly escaped from the building was a 30-year-old maid from Kenya. The other four women were from the Philippines. Alayban first hired the Kenyan native in March 2012 to work at her home in Saudi Arabia. They signed a two-year contract guaranteeing the worker would be paid $1,600 a month. She worked 16 hour days, seven days a week and was only paid $220 a month. Alayban was being held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $5 million bail. She faces a maximum of 12 years if convicted.
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