Less than a week after two Indonesian women came forward and accused the wealthy Long Island couple that hired them as domestic help of forcing them into slavery, another alleged piece of human property has come forward. Hasmat Ara is suing the Queens couple who hired her as a live-in nanny to their young children, claiming they locked her inside their home, forced her to work long hours for $700 a month and threatened to have her arrested for murder if she tried to escape.
Ara, an immigrant from Bangladesh, says the couple locked up all the telephones so that she couldn’t call for help. But she foiled their evil plain, walking out in April of last year while the family lunched.
From the New York Post: “According to Ara’s suit, the Khans cruelly foisted a huge workload on her as soon as she was hired – forcing her to clean, cook, do the laundry and provide 24-hour care to their then-1-month-old son. They confiscated her passport and threatened her with deportation if she left or complained to anyone, the suit claims.”
The Khan’s lawyer called the allegations “absurd,” and says her clients will fight the suit.