The victim was used as forced labour for 12 years
Evidence suggests she was physically and verbally abused by the defendants
The Pakistani woman was threatened to be separated from her children and deported
A Virginia-based family has been sentenced for conspiracy for the years-long forced labour of a Pakistani woman. This sentence was announced at a federal court in Richmond.
Reportedly, 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, 60 months of time in federal prison.
Moreover, Aman and Rehan were ordered to pay $250,000 to the victim as compensation for back wages and other financial losses due to their criminal conduct.
In the week-long trial, it was found that this family had kept the Pakistani woman in the shackles of forced labour for 12 years.
The Pakistani Woman Was Forced to Serve Extended Family
Reportedly, the jury convicted all of the defendants of conspiracy to commit forced labour, convicted two of the defendants of forced labour and convicted Aman of document servitude.
Furthermore, in the trial the story uncovered that Aman had arranged for her son’s marriage in 2002, but, even though her husband had moved away from the household, the victim was kept at the defendant’s house to serve their extended family.
“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 Department of Justice is committed to vindicating the rights of survivors and bringing human traffickers to justice.”
“Human trafficking is a global issue that cannot be tackled alone,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.
“The FBI will remain committed to investigating all forms of human trafficking and work with our law enforcement partners in combatting the problem.”
Pakistani Woman was Abused & Tortured During 12-Years of Imprisonment
The Pakistani woman was not just a victim of forced labour and imprisonment but also subjected to physical and verbal abuse, as per the evidence presented. Moreover, the family had restricted all communications she had with her family based in Pakistan.
She was threatened that she would be separated from her children and deported to Pakistan, and the family also confiscated her passport, documents, and money. Moreover, the evidence suggests she was slapped, kicked, pushed, beaten with wooden boards, and was even hog-tied and dragged down the stairs in front of her children.
We are at peace knowing that she has received the justice she had long awaited, however, we do request parents to keep an eye out on their daughters and even sons after marriage and pick red flags if there is something fishy.
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