Slavery in America, Saudi-Style

Yes, there’s a war on women in America. But it’s not the phony "war" that tampon-hurling feminists are always shrieking about — as they did last week in Texas to protest tougher regulations on dangerous late-term abortion clinics. No, I’m talking about a real war on women waged by Saudi royals and elites who’ve imported human trafficking and abuse of domestic workers onto U.S. soil.

Meet Meshael Alayban of Saudi Arabia, wife of Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. She apparently thought we Americans would look the other way at human trafficking and abuse of domestic workers — you know, the way they do in her misogyny-infested home country. The wealthy Meshael Alayban thought wrong.

Last week, Orange County, Calif., prosecutors charged Alayban (who lists her occupation as "princess" on her tourist visa) with felony human trafficking. Enslavement. A Kenyan maid escaped from Alayban’s compound earlier this month after allegedly being held against her will. She told police Alayban confiscated her passport, refused to abide by an employment contract and forbade the worker from returning to her home country — where she has an ailing 7-year-old daughter.

When law enforcement officials entered Alayban’s mansion, they found four other domestic workers from the Philippines who also have indicated a desire to be freed from Saudi bondage. The servants tended to the round-the-clock needs and whims of the princess, her husband, their three young children, a grandmother and three other extended family members. Last week, Alayban posted $5 million bail (paid for by the Saudi consulate) and was whisked back to her estate by a phalanx of bodyguards. She must wear a GPS tracking device and will be arraigned at the end of the month. Her high-priced lawyers dismiss the incident as an insignificant "wage dispute."

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas minced no words: "It’s been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, and slavery has been unlawful in the United States, and certainly in California, all this time, and it’s disappointing to see it in use here." Fortunately for the alleged victim, California has an anti-human trafficking law put in place by voters through a state initiative last year. Alayban may enjoy countless royal privileges back in Saudi Arabia, but here she’ll have to face the legal music.

The same cannot be said for the alleged abuser(s) of two Filipino women who escaped a Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia earlier this year. At the end of April, the women broke free and were taken into protective custody by Department of Homeland Security personnel. The gated complex is owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Armed Forces Office, whose personnel reportedly enjoy full diplomatic immunity. What exactly happened, who is responsible, and what are the consequences? The Department of Homeland Security has not responded to my follow-up inquiries about the case.

These recent cases must be set against the cultural backdrop of abuse and violence by Saudi royals and elites. In 1995, Saudi princess Maha al-Sudairi allegedly beat a servant in Orlando, Fla., whom she had accused of theft, while off-duty deputies serving as her private security guards watched. The officers were later disciplined for not stopping the beating and failing to write a report and follow up on a tip that another of the princess’s slaves had been beaten, according to local news reports. Al-Sudairi fled to Europe, where she has racked up tens of millions of dollars in unpaid debts to luxury stores, art galleries, hotels and other furious creditors.

In 2002, an Indonesian maid in Florida called 911 after Saudi princess Buniah al-Saud allegedly beat and pushed the servant down a flight of stairs. On a dispatcher’s audiotape, the maid was heard "crying hysterically" and pleaded through a translator: "Help me. Help me. The boss pushed me down the stairs." Al-Saud pleaded no-contest in Florida and was fined a measly $1,000.

In 2006, Saudi princess Hana Al Jader was arrested in Boston on charges of forced labor, enslavement and visa fraud involving two Indonesian maids. She received two years’ probation and deportation back to Saudi Arabia.

Also in 2006, Saudi national Homaidan al-Turki was convicted in Colorado for the brutal sexual assault and enslavement of his Indonesian housekeeper. Al-Turki was a married graduate student at the University of Colorado with four children. He petitioned for and was denied parole this spring after refusing to participate in sex offender treatment — which he says violates his Islamic faith.

While many Saudi enslavers and abusers have been charged, untold cases are abandoned. Brandon Darby, who worked with the FBI in an undercover capacity on anti-human trafficking efforts in 2011-2012, told me that "the Justice Department, specifically the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, have backed away from aggressively pursuing human trafficking cases."

Political correctness and diplomatic fecklessness are the handmaidens of women’s subjugation, right here in the U.S. of A.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  • Roger Ward

    In the late ’70s, I was employed as a personal assistant by a very wealthy Saudi businessman. During my time with him, I was in Saudi Arabia many times. The horror stories you hear in this country about slavery there are but a small sliver of what many contract workers experience in that country. Slavery and sexual abuse is rampant and virtually uncontrolled. Although my personal experiences were OK, the experiences of many workers were not — and I don’t believe they have improved in the past 30 or 40 years.

  • Bob Olden

    Anyone who doubts the utter disregard for women’s human rights under Islam should read anything written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the most articulate spokesperson I have ever heard on this topic. She was not a slave, but she suffered as much as many slaves in the Islamic world, especially when she broke free of the system.

  • Wil

    Another enlighten column form the Mistress of Venom. How miserable Malkin must be. How sad!

    • Bob Olden

      Why don’t you prove that her facts are wrong before you make your disparaging remarks?

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Sharia law (the ethic of Islam) even in it’s most modern form still allows slavery. In fact sharia law specifically calls on Muslims first to offer their neighbors peace in the form of accepting conversion. If they reject this offer of peace, then death and slavery is what they’ve earned by their refusal. As to women slaves? Their law makes clear that as possessions of their masters right hand, he has all sexual rights to them. The Judeo-Christian ethic calls on men to love their neighbors as themselves. Sharia law on the other hand calls of their adherents not to suffer an infidel as a neighbor. These two ethics could not be more at odds.

    • Ron F

      Brian, doesn’t the Bible also allow slavery.

      “Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.

      “Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.

      “And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour.” [Leviticus 25:44-46.]

      “If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.

      “If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him.

      “If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.” [Exodus 21:2-5.]

      And weren’t most slave owners in this county Christians and think the Bible justified their ownership of slaves. I am not disagreeing about how Saudis and others in the Middle East treat servant/slaves. I am just not sure that it is due to Sharia law allowing it.

      • Brian Fr Langley

        While true some early Christians (1st century) had slaves, they were Biblically prohibited from fornicating with them. (that is they didn’t own their bodies, they only owned their labor) As well, they were specifically taught, that before God, master and servant were equals. Meaning Masters had to conduct themselves accordingly. Further, the fiercest agitators for American abolition were Christians, (particularly evangelicals). (even a cursory study of those times will confirm this) As for bond servitude in the Pentateuch,(the first 5 books of the Bible) I see no mention, it included anything other than a bond servants labor. There is a world of difference between the servitude of a bondman and the outright ownership of his (or her) body (and bodily functions). As for sharia law, even a brief google or wikopedia search will reveal the truth. And just where do you think Western Europeans got their black slaves from in the first place? They bought them from Muslim Arabs. Last but not least, slavery which has been the most execrable form of human behavior ever seen, has been a constant throughout human history. The societies that finally abolished this abominable institution, were at their foundation, Christian societies. Sadly there still remain pagan and Muslim societies that have not (and will not) abolish slavery. And I mean the type of slavery where the body and it’s functions are owned, by their masters.

        • Ron F

          Brian, I recognize slavery was replaced by serfdom in most Western European countries and at some point was considered to violate the canons of Christianity. It took a lot longer in other European countries and Christians in the South in the United States did not think it violated the canons of Christianity. I recently read a good book about the Book of Revelation and how Christians on both sides thought was the other side was doing was proof of the prophesy in the Book of Revelation. It is simpler for me. Slavery is still alive in much of the world. In Saudi Arabia servants can be treated as slaves. It doesn’t matter to me if it is allowed by Sharia law. It is wrong just as it was wrong in this Country when the proponents thought it was authorized by the Bible. We have gotten beyond it. Saudi Arabia has not.

          • Brian Fr Langley

            My point about sharia law, is that whether you’re a Saudi, a Pakistani or whatever nationality, if you’re a Muslim, then Sharia law is your ethic. Unhappily, Muslims all over the world are hard at work trying to institure Sharia law in every country on earth. (Yes including America) Many folks consider Sharia an ethic much like the Judeo-Christian ethic. It is NOT. While the Judeo-Christian ethic calls on us to love our neighbors as ourselves, Sharia teaches, not to suffer an infidel (non muslim) as a neighbor. Islam is rising, and with it Sharia law, Western republic democracies, need to be extremely vigilant, or things like slavery will be back with a vengeance.

  • Darren Perkins

    First Ive heard of any of this. shouldnt we be having protests about this rather than a figment of the race baiters imagination. justice for George Zimmerman and Slaves of the evil Saudis.

    • Wheels55

      Where is Jackson and Sharpton on this issue?

      • sjangers

        I think Jackson may have spoken out on this issue, Wheels, suggesting it was “time to consider the source and move on”, or something to that effect.