HOUSTON – Federal prosecutors have charged a husband and wife from the Katy area with holding a nanny against her will for years, abusing her and not paying her to work.
Special agents with the Homeland Security Investigations Houston Human Trafficking Group have been interviewing the couple, family members, and the victim.
Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu were arrested Monday morning. They live in the 6400 block of Arroyo Hill Court.
Both of them appeared in federal court Tuesday. The judge released both on bond.
The allegations in a court filing obtained by KPRC 2 said the nanny claims she was forced to work "every day from 5:30 a.m. until 1 a.m.," cleaning the house, cooking and taking care of several children.
Court documents reveal that the 37-year-old woman “arrived to the United States from Lagos, Nigeria in September of 2013 was from Lagos, Nigeria and was granted a visa for two years.”
The couple promised to deposit $100 a month into her Nigerian bank account for the care of their children, and after five years they would pay for her to return to Nigeria. Prosecutors noted that recently the woman realized the couple never deposited any funds into her account. Chudy Nsobundu told a judge in court Tuesday afternoon that he and his wife make a combined $12,000 a month.
Federal prosecutor, Julie Searle, said, "Our office takes each and every one of these charges very seriously. "