Egyptian man, ex-wife sentenced for enslaving girl
SANTA ANA (AP) – An Egyptian man and his ex-wife were sentenced Monday for enslaving a girl from Egypt and then forcing her to work under harsh conditions without pay.
Abdel Nasser Youssef Ibrahim, 45, was sentenced to three years in prison, and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd El Motelib, 43, received a 22-month sentence.
U.S. District Judge James V. Selna ordered the pair to pay restitution of $76,173 to the girl, who is now 16 years old, for the work she performed.
Ibrahim and Motelib each pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy, holding a person in involuntary servitude through force or coercion, obtaining labor through unlawful force or coercion and harboring an illegal alien.
Prosecutors said the two will serve their sentences before being deported to Egypt for overstaying their visas.
The pair brought the girl into the United States in August of 2000 when she was 10, and forced her to work as a maid and nanny for their five children in their Orange County home.
“The young victim in this case was subject to inhumane conditions that included both physical and verbal abuse,” United States Attorney Debra Wong Yang said in a statement.
The liberated girl is now 16 and will be allowed to remain, for the first time since her arrival in this country, free in the United States of America.