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US court sentences Virginia family for forced labour of Pakistani woman - Geo News

Last updated Friday, January 27, 2023 07:05 ET , Source: TopWireNews

Evidence shows victim was compelled to serve Virginia family as domestic servant.
Documents say accused slapped, kicked, and pushed Pakistani woman.
She was also threatened to be separated from her children to coerce her labour.
VIRGINIA: A court in the United States sentenced three family members for using a Pakistani woman as forced labour and physically and mentally abusing her for 12 years.
“Zahida Aman, 80, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison, Mohammed Rehan Chaudhri, 48, to 120 months in federal prison and Mohammad Nauman Chaudhri, 55, to 60 months in federal prison in the Eastern District of Virginia. Additionally, the Court ordered Aman and Rehan Chaudhri to pay the victim $250,000 in restitution for back wages and other financial losses she incurred as a result of the defendants’ criminal conduct,” said a statement issued by the US Justice Department.
The Justice Department said that Aman, Rehan and Nauman were convicted following a seven-day trial in May of last year. The jury had declared the three of conspiracy to commit forced labour, convicted two of the defendants of forced labour and convicted Aman of document servitude.
“These defendants callously exploited the victim’s vulnerabilities and brutally coerced her labour through physical violence and emotional abuse,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
“Human trafficking is an affront to human rights and to our nation’s core values. The...

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