A Texas couple is accused of holding their live-in nanny hostage for more than two years.
Sandra Nsobundu, 50, and her husband Chudy Nsobundu, 56, were arrested on Feb. 8, KPRC reports.
The Nsobundus face charges of forced labor, conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien, visa fraud, and withholding documents, according to KTRK.
The Katy, Texas, couple reportedly agreed to pay their 38-year-old Nigerian nanny a $100 monthly salary, deposited directly into her Nigerian bank account in exchange for her taking care of their children. They also allegedly said they would pay for the woman's return to Nigeria after five years.
According to prosecutors, the couple never deposited funds into their nanny’s bank account.
The couple allegedly forced the nanny to work from 5:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. the next day, every day. She was in charge of caring for the couple’s five children as well as all of the cooking and cleaning.
The victim says she was forced to sleep on the floor and could only eat whatever food was leftover after the family ate a meal. She was allegedly not allowed to bathe in warm water or watch television.
The couple is also accused of forbidding the woman from communicating with her family in Nigeria.
The victim was reportedly physically abused and threatened with death repeatedly. She was rescued in October 2015 after a tip was submitted to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
If convicted, the Nsobundus face up to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
They appeared in federal court on Feb. 9 and were released on bond.