A serious and detailed indictment was filed against a couple who held two immigrant children as slaves for six years. According to the indictment, the couple beat and even sexually assaulted the brother and sister.
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A couple from New York was indicted today (Friday) for enslaving two immigrant children. According to the indictment, the children, a brother and sister, arrived at the couple’s home from South Korea in 2010 and were held in horrific living conditions.
Sook Yeong Park and her husband Jeong Taek Lee were charged with labor trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child, among several of other charges. According to the indictment, the children, then ages 8 and 11, were taken by the couple at their parent’s request in 2010. For the past six years, Park and Lee have been treating the children as slaves. In addition to the physical house work, the children were forced to give the couple the money they earned from jobs they performed outside of the house.
The couple is also accused of pocketing about 100,000 dollars that was sent by the children’s parents to cover their needs. According to the indictment, the children were forced to sleep on the floor without a mattress and beaten many times. The indictment also claims that they children were occasionally touched on “sexual or other intimate parts.”
“The allegations in this case are extremely disturbing,” said a lawyer from the prosecution. “And even more upsetting considering the young ages of the alleged victims.” This serious case of child abuse was discovered when the children complained about physical abuse to an employee at their school. The couple’s defense attorneys deny the allegations and claim that they charges sound “like a frightening childhood fairy tale because they are just that – a fairy tale.”