NY Husband, Wife Get Jail For Holding Maids As Slaves

June 28, 2008

A millionaire couple from Long Island, New York have both been given jail time for holding two Indonesian house maids as slaves.  The husband, 51-year old Mahender Sabhani, received a 3-year jail sentence.  His wife Varsha received an 11-year sentence...New York (ChattahBox) – A millionaire couple from Long Island, New York have both been given jail time for holding two Indonesian house maids as slaves. The husband, 51-year old Mahender Sabhani, received a 3-year jail sentence. His wife Varsha received an 11-year sentence.

The sentence for his wife came in on Thursday, as the two were found guilty of holding two Indonesian maids to years of physical and emotional torture, keeping them as slaves.

During the trial, it was the 46-year old wife, Varsha Sabhani, who was found to be the more physical of the couple.

The two were arrested in May 2007, and were convicted later that year on 12 counts. The counts include harboring aliens, forced labor, etc.

The victims testified that the couple abused them in several ways. They stated that the wife would cut them, stab them, and keep them away from contacting anybody.

The two Indonesian women, named Samirah and Enung, testified that the wife beat them, and were forced to eat their own vomit at one point.

The husband was also fined $12,500, while the wife was fined $25,000.


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