A young Kenyan woman is saying that she was kept as a domestic slave for three months by Saudi Arabian diplomats living in Virginia. The 25-year-old, who goes by the name Sheila, said her captors forced her to work long hours each day, seven days a week, as a domestic worker.
"I used to work from 6 in the morning to 8, 10 in the evening," Sheila said. "From Monday to Monday."
Shelia was rescued with the help of a man, Marikio, she met on a Facebook community for Kenyans living in the D.C. area. Marikio became suspicious of Sheila’s living situation when she was unwilling to answer basic questions about herself.
"It's very simple: 'Where you living? You should tell me where you're living.' She was hiding," he said.
After determining that she was being held against her will, Marikio arranged to help her. He pulled up to the building where she was being kept and Sheila, wearing a head scarf and a veil, jumped into his car.
Sheila was gaunt and hemorrhaging from an untreated medical condition. Unfortunately, she had forgotten her passport and Marikio sent her back in for it.
"She went back, the guy was holding her. He was still holding hostage. She was screaming with her cell phone. ... I say, 'Go out!'
Luckily police officers ordered that Sheila and her passport be released, NBC Washington reported.
"She was sick, and she was shaking, and the police asked her, 'Do you want an ambulance?'" Marikio recalled. "She said yes and the ambulance came."
Shelia’s immigration attorney, Regina Njogu, said that the Saudi diplomat who brought her client to the U.S. used a domestic worker visa known as an A3 visa.
"I called the embassy, and I spoke with him," Njogu said. "At first he didn't know what I was calling about. When I told him what I was calling about, he said he doesn't care, because he's a diplomat nothing will happen to him."
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