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2010-06-05:US couple jailed for enslaving Nigerian

A United States federal judge on Friday sentenced a Texas couple for forcing a widowed Nigerian mother of six to serve in domestic servitude, holding her as a slave for over eight years.

Justice John McBryde sentenced Emmanuel Nnaji, a naturalised U.S. citizen, to 20 years in prison. His 40-year-old wife, Ngozi, a Nigerian citizen, was sentenced to nine years behind bars. The couple was also ordered to pay $305,957.60 in restitution.

Prosecutors said the victim was recruited in Nigeria and lured to the U.S. with promises she would receive a salary and child support. In the end, she only received about $300 for her years of work.

Upon the woman‘s arrival in the United States, Emmanuel and Ngozi Nnaji allegedly confiscated her passport, isolated her in their home and forced her to work long hours with virtually no pay.

Court documents also showed that Emmanuel Nnaji, 50, sexually assaulted the victim and that the couple refused to grant her request to return to Nigeria. A Catholic priest eventually rescued her from the ordeal.

Source:The Punch


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