Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Yes, slavery. Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 35, and her husband, Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, run a perfume business out of their home on Long Island. They're described as millionaires. Now they're charged in federal court with keeping two Indonesian women against their wills.

The Associated Press reports:
The Sabhnanis were arrested last week after one of their servants was found wandering outside a doughnut shop on Long Island, wearing only pants and a towel. The woman was believed to have fled the home in Muttontown, a tony community on Long Island's north shore, when she took the trash out the night before.

The couple pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court, and a magistrate judge set bail at $3.5 million and imposed home detention with electronic monitoring.

An indictment handed up Tuesday night formally charged with them with two counts of forced labor and added two counts of harboring illegal residents.
The women are now being cared for by Catholic Charities. They've been in the U.S. since 2002.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Slavery? No bother. Just a cultural difference.