IRVINE, California --- It is alleged that Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban, who was arrested on human trafficking charges, has had a $5 million dollar bail posted and is now out of jail.
It is alleged that the Princess forced an unnamed Kenyan woman to be her servant for 16 hours per day, seven days a week with a salary of $220 per month. What I don't understand here is if you are going to keep a slave, why would you pay them? Based on the fact she was being paid, appears to me, and I am no lawyer, that this is simply a contract labor dispute gone wrong... maybe?
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The Princess was ordered to surrender her passport, be fitted with a GPS tracking device and ordered not to communicate with the alleged victim. She has been charged with one felony count of human trafficking according to the Irvine Police Department.
The Kenyan woman was contracted with an employment agency to work two years for Princess Alayban for 40 hours per week and earn $1600 per month. Reports did not state if the $1600 per month was in US funds, Kenyan Shillings or Saudi Riyal. She began working for the Princess in Saudi Arabia prior to arriving in the United States and it was here that the woman left the condominium and contacted local authorities.
Upon searching the home, Irvine authorities found 4 other people working but there have been no charges filed. Being that it is now almost a week later, it's quite possible that this may have been a misunderstanding.
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I believe it all comes down to the employment contract and how much was due per month. The Kenyan woman is claiming she is due $1600 per month seems extremely excessive when most CPA's in Kenya only earn $7500 per year! Upon checking a salary website, a maid makes at most, $300 per month in Kenya. I believe the following:
- The employment contract was not very much. To be honest, why would anyone hire a worker at $1600 per month from a country that pays less for accountants? Also, the Princess could have hired a number of people from Saudi Arabia or other country closer for much, much less.
- How much did the employment agency recieve? Usually an employment agency recieves 30% of an annual pay, or to be paid a certain percentage for hourly labor. I'm quite sure the agency did not do this work for free.
- Room and board. What about that? Typically when you are living with the employer, that room and board are part of the arrangement and to be deducted from the salary.
Without having all the facts in front of me I have to speculate, like eveyrone else...
I am going to guess that the Kenyan worker simply saw an opportunity to stay in the US and took it, then on the bus grew frantic that she may have not planned so well leaving her employer and knew she could not go back. I guess we will wait to see the employment contract and what it stipulated.