Texas couple accused of enslaving live-in maid

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A Texas couple is charged with enslaving their live-in maid, an illegal alien whom they allegedly forced to work nearly 20 hours per day, use cold water to bathe and strain milk from cereal bowls to drink.

Chudy Nsobundu, 56, and Sandra Nsobundu, 50, were charged with violations for forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien and visa fraud, according to a Justice Department press release.

The release alleges the Katy couple subjected a 38-year-old Nigerian national to physical and verbal abuse while forcing the woman to care for the couple’s five children for two years. She was reportedly told not to watch television or sit down during her work hours, which stretched from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. The woman was also allegedly forced to sleep on the floor and could only eat leftovers from previously prepared meals.

The criminal complaint said in one instance Sandra Nsobundu dragged the woman by her hair and “hit her across her face because she did not like the socks the victim put on one of the children.”

The defendants had allegedly agreed to pay the woman $100 per month, but they never compensated her for her work.

A tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center ultimately led authorities to the Nsobundus' door, where the woman was found on Oct. 10.