LOS ANGELES – A Saudi princess was to be released from a U.S. jail on bail Thursday after being charged with enslaving a Kenyan woman, forcing her to work in abusive conditions and withholding her passport.
Meshael Alayban, 42, one of six wives of a grandson of Saudi King Abdullah, paid a $5 million bond and surrendered her passport, the Orange County, California, district attorney’s office said.
She “is required to wear a GPS tracking device, is prohibited from leaving Orange County without permission from the court, and is barred from having any contact with the victim,” the statement explained.
Alayban, who was arrested Wednesday, is accused of forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16-hour days, seven days a week, for a monthly salary of just $220.
The unnamed victim, 30, who sought overseas work to pay for her young daughter’s medical care, allegedly worked in Alayban’s palace in Saudi Arabia and then in her home in Irvine, southeast of Los Angeles.
The victim, who began working in Saudi Arabia in March 2012 and moved to the U.S. with the Saudi family this May, was “forced to work tending to at least eight people in four apartments” in Irvine, prosecutors said.