On May 15, 2007 – that’s right folks, just a couple of weeks ago, a wealthy couple in New York state were prosecuted and convicted of slavery. Two Indonesians were brought into the country illegally, and kept as slaves in their house. The people who owned the house are Varsha Mahender Sabhnani and Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani. Now, I’m not trying to be prejudiced but those names make me think that they’re not originally from anywhere around here. In that part of world where those names come from, slavery is both a common and accepted practice.
I’m quoting the article in the New York Times here – “Police and federal immigration agents developed the case against the couple after one of the women,
identified only as “Samirah” in court papers, was seen wandering near a
Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Syosset on Sunday morning, wearing only pants
and wrapped in a towel. Her face was bruised, and when shop employees
tried to communicate with her, she made gestures of slapping herself
and uttering what sounded to them like the word “master,” prosecutors
The police took Samirah to Nassau University Medical
Center, where, with the help of an Indonesian translator, she told them
that she and a second woman, identified in papers only as “Nona,” were
forced by the Sabhnanis to work long hours, given little food, forced
to sleep on mats on the floor, kept hidden when company came,
threatened with violence, and in Samirah’s case, frequently beaten by
Mrs. Sabhnani. “
This is precisely why illegal immigration must end. The human cost in trafficking is much to high to allow it to continue. Beaten, starved, and forced to work doing god alone knows what for a couple running a multi-million dollar perfume business. That’s what every one wants for their daughters.