NY-based Kenya diplomat enslaved her maid: lawsuit
A New York-based Kenyan diplomat turned her domestic servant into a virtual slave, paying her pennies for long days and demanding her passport to prevent an escape, according to a Manhattan federal lawsuit.
Beatrice Oluoch first began working for Stella Korubo Orina in their native Kenya before her boss brought her to America when she landed a gig at the UN in 2006, court papers state.
Orina soon began demanding 13-hours workdays and paid Oluoch only $150 a month for all household duties, court papers say.
The diplomat then allegedly accused Oluoch of sleeping with her husband and demanded her passport to block her escape from their Queens residence.
Oluoch, who left in 2007, is suing for enslavement, fraud, and other civil-rights violations.
Orina, who has returned to Kenya, could not be reached for comment.
The suit comes a month after an Indian diplomat was charged with paying her full-time baby sitter just a few dollars an hour and lying on a visa application.