A Chilean nanny says she was forced into virtual slavery by an Upper East Side couple who denied her food and medicine — and imprisoned her in a room with their children.
In a bombshell lawsuit, Felicitas del Carmen Villanueva Garnica, 50, claims she was physically abused every day by the three brats she was caring for.
Her employers, Chilean aristocrats Malu Custer Edwards and Micky Hurley, “trafficked” her to the United States “under false pretenses and for the purpose of unlawfully compelling her to care for their young children,” the Manhattan federal court lawsuit claims.
The hellish three months of “forced labor” was nothing more than “involuntary servitude,” Villanueva alleges in court papers.
She was constantly berated, belittled, told not to speak to anyone outside the family, and ordered never to leave the house.
Hurley would lock her in the room with the children, and Villanueva “sometimes ended up falling asleep on the floor of whatever room they were locked in,” court papers allege.