KATY, TX — A Houston-area couple is accused of turning their live-in nanny into a house slave.
Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu of Katy were arrested Monday on charges of forced labor, withholding documents, visa fraud, and harboring an illegal alien.
The two reportedly flew a 38-year-old woman from Lagos, Nigeria to the U.S. to cook, clean, and care for their five children.
“We had crawfish boils, New Year’s Eve and 4th of July parties,” one neighbor explained. “They would send food and the kids love to play we have a really good neighborhood.”
But according to court documents, the Nsobundu residence was far from a happy home. For two years, the nanny worked for free after being promised $100 a month. She says she wasn’t allowed to sit down during her entire 20-hour shift, was forced to sleep on the floor because she was “too smelly” and wasn’t allowed to bathe in hot water.
But the details get even colder!
Prosecutors say she was physically and verbally abused, claiming the family nicknamed her “the idiot.”Last October, she was finally rescued after a tip to an anti-human trafficking group in Houston.
Tuesday, the Nsobundu’s made their first appearance in federal court. Both could face up to 25 years behind bars.
Federal prosecutor Ruben Perez is working the case and claims that this particular situation isn’t foreign.
“Clearly, we think it’s out there and our mission is to obviously prove they are out there,” Perez said. “And when there’s situations like these in our community, we’re going to take action and that’s what we did in this case.”