[Stop-traffic] News/US: Man convicted in slavery case

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Man convicted in slavery case
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jan 24 2001 - 18:28:42 EST


Man convicted in slavery case
The Associated Press, January 20, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man has been found guilty of federal civil rights and
immigration charges for holding an undocumented woman against her will for
five years.

A jury found Nur Alamin, 40, guilty Friday of one count of conspiracy and
two counts each of involuntary servitude and harboring an undocumented person.

Alamin is scheduled to be sentenced April 16. He faces up to 45 years in
federal prison.

His wife, 32-year-old Rabiya Akhter, pleaded guilty before the trial began
to one harboring count. She faces a maximum of 10 years when she is
sentenced March 26.

The Bangladesh couple smuggled the woman -- who is believed to be 28 or 29
-- from India to the United States in 1995.

The woman testified that the couple, who ran an Indian restaurant, never
paid her for her services, made her sleep on the kitchen floor or ``behind
the sofa,'' physically abused her and threatened her when she thought about
leaving.

The woman escaped last June after being beaten and went to police, court
documents said.
Melanie Orhant

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