Everyone must know by now about the Saudi couple in Colorado facing state and federal charges on various counts:
|A Saudi Arabian couple was in custody Friday, accused of turning a young Indonesian woman into a virtual slave, forcing her to clean, cook and care for their children while she was threatened and sexually assaulted.|
|A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Homaidan Al-Turki, 36, and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, 35, on charges of forced labor, document servitude and harboring an illegal immigrant.|
|Al-Turki also faces state charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment and extortion, as well as 12 charges of sexual assault. His wife faces some of the same charges. The two could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.|
|U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said the Indonesian woman, who is in her 20s, came to the United States with the couple legally to perform domestic chores. But her U.S. visa was hidden from her by Al-Turki and Khonaizan, according to Thursday's indictment.|
|The woman was controlled by "a climate of fear and intimidation" that included sexual abuse and the belief that she would "suffer serious harm" if she did not perform her tasks, the indictment said.|
|The woman is believed to have lived with the couple from 2000 until November 2004, according to authorities.|
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UPDATE: More specific details have been released about the Indonesian slave.
She was 17 in 1999 when she flew to Ridyadh to begin her sojourn with the Saudi slave masters. They moved to Colorado in 2000.
Promised $160.00 a month, she received $1.91 a day for a day that began at 6:00 a.m. preparing breakfast for the family which they ate while she waited in the basement. Eventually, in addition to laundry, cleaning and washing the family cars,her duties grew to include servicing the head of the house:
Shortly after arriving in the U.S., Al-Turki began making improper advances toward her, including watching her shower and touching her, she said. Gradually, his sexual overtures escalated until he was raping her, she told authorities.
If you were wondering how she escaped, the authorities were given "a tip" that the family was harboring an illegal alien. They got a search warrant in November, 2004 and discovered the slave. She was removed from the home and legal proceedings began.
One nice note: this couple has known since November that they were going to be indicted. That's a lot of sleepless nights between November and June. Kind of gives you a warm feeling to dwell on their predicament.
If the benighted MSM doesn't bury this story under toilet paper, it will be interesting to see how the trial goes and what the sentence is. Perhaps old Al-Turki should talk to Michael Jackson, see what the secret is.