Did Saudi princess hold US worker captive, or is this a wage dispute? Judge sets $5M bail
Posted Jul 11, 2013 7:45 AM CST
By Martha Neil
A Saudi princess has been arrested in California and charged with human trafficking, after a Kenyan woman flagged down a bus and, with the help of a female passenger, told authorities she was being held captive and forced to put in long hours for little pay as a domestic worker in a luxury apartment building in Irvine.
Meshael Alayban, 42, is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Orange County. On Wednesday, the district attorney sought either no bail or $20 million bail, calling her a flight risk, and the judge set bond at $5 million and ordered GPS monitoring if she is released, according to the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).
Alayban's lawyer, Paul Meyer, called the case a civil wage dispute, pointing out that authorities have not alleged any physical abuse.
A post on the Navel Gazing page of the OC Weekly provides additional details.