Thursday, March 1, 2012

Slavery: still evil

A shocking story:
A New York woman who lives in a 34-room, 30,000-square-foot mansion is facing a federal criminal charge related to her employment of an illegal alien who allegedly served as a domestic servant in a “forced labor situation” that included her working 17-hour days, seven days a week, and sleeping in a walk-in closet.

Acting on a tip received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, federal immigration agents last year removed the servant from the 12-acre estate (pictured below) on the Mohawk River in Rexford, a hamlet 20 miles north of Albany.

A subsequent criminal investigation determined that the woman--who barely spoke English and came from the Kerala state in India--was paid about 85 cents an hour during the 67 months she worked for Annie George and her husband (who died in a plane crash in mid-2009).
One of the problems of not working to solve the problem of illegal immigration is that these sorts of situations in which the immigrant is exploited and abused can flourish. But the answer to the problem is complex, as we all know. In the meantime, at least we can all agree that this kind of domestic slavery is clearly evil.