Saudi princess held as Kenyan captive escapes - Daily Nation

Saudi princess held as Kenyan captive escapes

Thursday July 11 2013

By ANTONY KARANJA in Dallas, Texas

A Saudi princess in Irvine California was on Wednesday morning arrested after a Kenyan woman she was allegedly holding captive escaped and alerted authorities.

Ms Meshael Alayban was arrested on human trafficking charges after the woman directed police to the home where they found four more women who were also allegedly being held against their will.

The other women were from the Philippines.

The 30-year-old Kenyan, whose name was not released by police, said she escaped from the three-storey building before flagging down a bus.

She narrated her ordeal to a fellow passenger, who helped her contact the police.

The five women, who appeared unharmed and in good health, told police that Ms Alayban had confiscated their documents and forced them to work long hours for meagre pay.

The Kenyan woman said she started working for Ms Alayban in Saudi Arabia in March 2012 where they signed a contract that she would be paid $1,600 (Sh137,600) a month.

However, in May 2013, Ms Alayban and her family moved to the US accompanied by the woman.

She said she had since then been working for 16 hours a day and for $220 (Sh18,920).

Ms Alayban is being held on a $5 million (Sh430 million) bail.

In May this year, another Kenyan woman claimed she had been kept as a slave for three months by Saudi Arabian diplomats living in northern Virginia.