Trafficking in persons

United States v. Abdel Nasser Youssef Ibrahim

UNODC No.:
USA037

Fact Summary

The defendants, formerly husband and wife, are Egyptian nationals who purchased the victim from her parents in Egypt. The agreement specified that the victim would participate in a “10-year sponsorship”, and the victim’s parents would receive 30 USD per month. The agreement was made after the defendants’ threatened to turn over the victim’s sister, who had been working for the defendants, and would be accused by them of stealing, to the Egyptian police. The defendants used a fraudulently-obtained temporary visitor’s visa to bring the victim – then 10 years old – into the United States, in August 2000. The defendants controlled the victim’s passport at all times while she was in defendants’ custody.

The defendants forced the victim to clean their home, located in a gated community in Orange County, California, and to cook and care for the defendants’ five children. The victim slept on a dirty, fold-up mattress in a small, windowless converter room in the defendants’ garage. The victim received no compensation for her 20 months of work. The victim was not permitted to attend school, or religious services. The defendants verbally abused the victim, and physically assaulted her on at least three occasions.

An anonymous phone call alerted authorities to the victim.

Keywords

Trafficking in Persons Protocol:
Article 3, Trafficking in Persons Protocol
Article 5, Trafficking in Persons Protocol
Form of Trafficking:
Transnational
Acts:
Recruitment
Transportation
Harbouring
Sector in which exploitation takes place:
Domestic servitude
Purpose of Exploitation:
Forced labour or services
Slavery or practices similar to slavery
Means:
Threat or use of force or other forms of coercion
Fraud
Deception
Abuse of power or a position of vulnerability
Giving or receiving payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person

Victims / Plaintiffs in the first instance

Victim:
S.
Gender:
Child
Nationality:
Egyptian
Age:
8
Between 8- and 10-years-old during the two years that the crime was committed (between 2000-2002)

Defendants / Respondents in the first instance

Defendant:
Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
Egyptian
Age:
44
Defendant:
Amal Ahmed Ewis-Abd Motelib
Gender:
Female
Nationality:
Egyptian
Age:
41
Legal Reasoning:

The defendant pleaded guilty to counts involving forced labor.

Charges / Claims / Decisions

Defendant:
Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim
Defendant:
Amal Ahmed Ewis-Abd Motelib
Verdict:
Guilty
Charge / Claim:
Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization
Legislation / Statute / Code:
18 U.S.C. §§ 1960-1968
Verdict:
Guilty
Charge / Claim:
Holding a person in involuntary servitude through force or coercion
Verdict:
Guilty
Charge / Claim:
Obtaining labor or services by threats of serious harm to, or physical restraint against, a victim or other person
Verdict:
Guilty
Charge / Claim:
Harboring an illegal alien
Term of Imprisonment:
1 year 10 Months
Compensation / Payment to Victim:
Yes  122000  USD  (100,000-500,000 USD)
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