Based Nigerian couple to pay N44m for enslaving nanny

Maricruz Casares
Enero 10, 2018

The couple had pleaded guilty to federal charges related to forcing the woman to work almost 20 hours a day, taking care of their home and five children without pay for two years, authorities said.

The naturalized USA citizens originally from Nigeria recruited the woman there with the promise of a $100 monthly wage.

Sandra and Chudy Nsobundu each will serve sentences of seven months in jail and seven months home confinement, and they will pay more than $121,000 in restitution to the victim, officials said. Instead, they abused her physically and verbally while she worked at their home in the Houston suburb of Katy from September 2013 to October 2015, authorities said. She was not allowed to take breaks and was given a diet only consisting of the leftover food from the family, which included the milk from the unfinished cereal bowls of the five children. She reached out for help and was freed from the Nsobundus with the help of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

She was not permitted to take hot showers and was repeatedly threatened with physical and psychological abuse. Her name has not been released.

Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu
Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu Houston Texas residence

Nsobundu pleaded guilty in 2016 for visa fraud and his wife pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor.

The Prosecutors said the couple knowingly caused a false visa application for the victim to be submitted to the Department of State with numerous pieces of false information.

Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu sentenced: Pictured the Houston, Texas couple who kept a 38 year old Nigerian woman as an effective slave nanny.

The application falsely portrayed her as married and as 20 years older than she was, officials said, adding that it also falsely claimed she was related to the Nsobundu family. The nanny's husband listed on the visa application actually was the Nsobundus' driver in Nigeria.

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