The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement detailed the abusive incident in which a 64-year-old Mexican immigrant living in northern Texas forced two other Mexican women who were living illegally in Texas to work for her house cleaning business without pay.
Fort Worth resident Olga Sandra Murra, 64, coerced two women, who were identified as “V.R.” and “I.G.” in the report, to clean three to four houses a day, seven days a week, without any form of reimbursement— in other words, as slaves.
She also manipulated them to clean and cook in her own house—where they lived—and restricted their food intake to bread and water if they “misbehaved.” Furthermore, the women endured psychological harm from Murra’s odd form of religious brainwashing.
Murra stole both of the young women’s Mexican identification cards, which prohibited them from seeking help from authorities. Their plight, which they endured for nearly 14 years, was intensified by the fact that they had entered the United States illegally in 1997 and 1998, respectively. Murra herself entered the U.S. legally in 1997 from Mexico, and brought one of the women with her at the same time.
According to the USICE report, the Texas resident reportedly threatened them with physical restraint and bodily harm in order to keep them inside her home through the imposition of strange rules. The report indicated that Murra forced her bizarre savior complex upon her victims. She “represented herself to the women as the voice of God on earth, and required them to listen to religious recordings of [her] reading Bible verses and [discuss] their meaning while they cleaned homes.”
Murra was charged with two counts of forced labor and two counts of harboring an illegal alien. She will receive her sentence at the end of November, facing up to 60 years behind bars along with a possible $1 million in fines.
While the details surrounding the circumstances of why V.R. and I.G. immigrated to the U.S. are unknown, presumably they thought they could find a better existence on the northern side of the border. However, it may be more than likely that Murra had manipulated them in Mexico as well.
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