Saudi Princess Arrested in Human Trafficking Case

Amy Taxin, CNS News, July 11, 2013

A Saudi princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified 42-year-old Meshael Alayban as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison.

Alayban was arrested after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus Tuesday and told a passenger she believed she was a human trafficking victim. The passenger helped her contact police, who searched the Irvine condo where Alayban and her family were staying, authorities said.

The 30-year-old woman told authorities she was hired in Kenya in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia. She was forced to work excessive hours and was paid less than she was promised and not allowed to leave, authorities said.

“This is not a contract dispute,” Rackauckas told the court during a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, likening the case to slavery. “This is holding someone captive against their will.”


Alayban did not appear in court in Santa Ana. Her attorney, Paul Meyer, said the case was a contractual dispute and argued his client shouldn’t be assigned a ransomlike bail solely because she was rich. He said she had been traveling to the U.S. since she was a child, owned properties here and had given her word she would address the allegations.


Police say Alayban’s family traveled to the U.S. in May with the victim and four women from the Philippines.

The victim had signed a two-year contract with an employment agency guaranteeing she would be paid $1,600 a month to work eight hours a day, five days a week. But starting in March 2012, she was forced to cook, clean and do other household chores for 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and was paid only $220, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors say the victim’s passport was taken from her, and she wasn’t allowed to return to Kenya. In May, she was brought to the U.S. and given her passport only to pass through customs, the district attorney’s office said.

Once here, she was forced to tend to at least eight people in four apartments in the same Irvine complex, washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and ironing, the office said.

The other four women left the home voluntarily with police once authorities arrived. They told police they were interested in being free, said Irvine police chief David Maggard Jr.


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  • Spartacus

    Arabs do not belong in white countries, not even if they’re “Princesses” .End of discussion.

    • The__Bobster

      I’ve seen a lot of Punjabs engage in the same activity.

  • Saudi princess, Kenyan slave. And the University of California (“Mr. Napolitano, System President) at Irvine might as well be Beijing.

    Remember when Irvine, California was part of America? Now it’s vibrant…restaurants and all.

    • IstvanIN

      Only whites are or have been guilty of slavery. Now give your kid a muslim name. That is all.

      • Our next will be either Penelope or Owen, depending on gender. Muzzie names stink out loud.

        • IstvanIN

          I was referring to the idiocy of blacks giving their kids muslim names when muslim are the only group to still practice slavery in a significant numbers, and were the last to officially abolish it.

          • I know. I’m actually happy that they do this, because when Abdul Washington gets arrested, even the best efforts of the press can not conceal what he really is. The more esoteric, made-up “African” names are even better. I thought I was being funny when I produced N’DeShawntavious, and suspected other posters here were joking when they mentioned Shitavious, but that’s somebody’s real name. OMFG! When one reads about Shitavious going on a crime spree, nobody needs a mug shot or description.

        • Owen

          “Our next will be either Penelope or Owen…”

          I heartily approve!

  • In HER OWN country, she can do what she pleases. She didn’t pull the old “Diplomatic Immunity” card, did she?

    • Sick of it

      Expect her to be whisked away without punishment, like one of the Boston bombing suspects.

      • The__Bobster

        Or the Bin Laden family after 9/11.

  • bigone4u

    The Saudi royalty are friends of the Bush family. I wonder if Bush can pull strings and get her on an Air Force plane going to Saudi Arabia the way he did for those suspicious Saudi’s after 9/11.

    • Rhialto

      Of course, the Bushes will help her. She was doing a vital job that Americans are to lazy, racist, nativist and/or stupid to do.

  • The Kenyan needs to go back to Kenya, and the Saudi needs to go back to Saudi Arabia.

    But no, the Kenyan will hit the illegal alien crime victim lottery and be entitled to sit on her butt in the USA for life.

    • The__Bobster

      No lottery. There’s actually a special visa for that.

  • Spartacus

    You know what I just realized ? The US government is gonna count her as “white” in their crime statistics…

  • On the other hand, if we burn up their oil, eventually the area will revert to being a worthless desert again, and the locals can go back to fighting over camels, water holes and women.

    I would prefer a return to the old US-Iran alliance; Persians are more civilized than Arabs. I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • WR_the_realist

    That won’t stop black Americans from joining the Nation of Islam.

    • Wim Kotze

      Natural born slaves?

  • I believe the Koran forbids the enslavement of Muslims, but forcibly converting a non-Muslim slave and then keeping him or her as a slave is quite OK.

    The real puzzle here is why someone would try to keep a black slave in the US today. It doesn’t require much intelligence or imagination to see that enslaving blacks isn’t going to go over very well in a US court in this day and age.

    Why she just didn’t hire an inexpensive Mexican or Guatemalan illegal leaves me baffled.