A Nigerian, Bidemi Bello, 41, has been convicted in the USA by a federal jury on charges of two counts of forced labour, two counts of trafficking for forced labour, one count of document servitude, one count of alien harbouring, and two counts of making false statements in a U.S. citizenship application. The trial lasted one week.
Theformer Suwanee resident was convicted Friday in Atlanta on charges involving two people recruited to the area from Nigeria.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a release: "The evidence showed that this was a case of modern-day slavery hidden within an expensive home in an upscale neighborhood. The two women who were abused here thought they were going to be nannies; instead they were treated inhumanely. The laws of the United States protect all victims from such abuse, regardless of where they came from or how they came to be in the United States."
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