Saudi princess set to be arraigned on human trafficking charge
SANTA ANA, California (AP) - A Saudi princess was scheduled to appear in a California courtroom on Friday to answer to charges that she took her Kenyan maid's passport and forced her to work long hours for meager pay.
Meshael Alayban, 42, was expected to be arraigned on one count of human trafficking. She faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
The maid escaped from Alayban's condo in July, got on a bus and told a passenger her story, the authorities said. The passenger helped her contact the police, who searched the condominium where Alayban and her family were staying.
Alayban and her attorneys have likened the issue to a contract dispute and said the maid and her counterparts were treated well.