A Saudi Arabian Princess, Meshael Alayban, 42, has been charged with human trafficking after a Kenian woman escaped from her Irvine condo where she was hold against her will.
Alayban failed to show up in court today and the unhappy judge reset the next hearing to September 20th.
He said: “I expect her to appear in the future,” her lawyers agree and mention that she has complied with all court orders and that she will show up, but they didn’t revealed her location.
The alleged victim, a 30 year old, said the passport was taken from her, she was forced to work long hours, 7 days a week for a few dollars and was kept against her will inside the condo.
“Alayban, who was arrested July 10, has been been free on bond since the Saudi Arabian consulate posted her $5 million bail. She was ordered to wear a GPS tracking device and told not to leave Orange County without the court’s permission. She was also barred from having contact with her alleged victim.”
“They enjoyed full use of the spa, gym and pool and were often dropped off alone at neighborhood malls, all paid for by the family,” the statement from the attorneys said.
“The people who are hired as such think they’re getting a benefit from it…. They’re getting a roof over their head. They’re getting fed,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of homeland security investigations in Los Angeles and southern Nevada.
“On the face of it they think they’re getting treated well. So they don’t think of themselves as victims.”
Alayban is one of the six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. Alayban faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Written by Edgar Soto