US couple jailed for enslaving Kenyan woman

A New Jersey couple has been convicted of bringing a Kenyan woman to the US and exploiting her for domestic labour.

Federal prosecutors say Michael Wood, 53, and wife, Mary, 45, recruited the woman to care for their four children.

In August 2005, they say Wood gave the woman his daughter’s British passport and directed her to pretend to be the daughter.

In the US, Wood presented her as his daughter. Once in New Jersey, the couple forced the woman to clean the house, do the laundry and cook.

She had to be on call 24 hours a day and was paid $200 (Sh20,000) a month. They would have been required to pay her about $5,200 (Sh0.5 million) a month.


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