A 58-year-old Chinese woman’s life was endangered for working as a nanny in Woodbury, an affluent suburb of St. Paul in Minnesota.
According to The Washington Post, she told police that her employers beat her, starved her, and even threatened her with death.
The unnamed woman was tortured and humiliated, being forced to walk on all fours “like a dog” and eat her own hair.
Police found her in the middle of the road after she escaped from her employer’s house in “pretty appalling conditions,” said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput. The woman had several broken ribs and a broken sternum – all injuries from her employer.
Last Friday, the nanny’s employer, pictured above, 35-year-old Lili Huang, appeared in court for charges of human trafficking, false imprisonment, and assault.
Orput declared that Huang’s treatment of the nanny was similar to “slavery or indentured servitude.”
The nanny had worked for the Huang family in Shanghai initially, and agreed to work for them in the United States since she had been reportedly treated well in China. She moved to Minnesota in March to discover a radically different scenario.
Instead of receiving her promised wages of $890 a month, she was frequently beaten. She was also starved, and dropped from 120 pounds to 88 pounds in the first four months she had been in Minnesota. She worked up to 18 hours a day, taking care of the Huangs’ child, cooking, and cleaning – but her salary then tallied up to about $1.80 an hour.
Even so, the woman told police authorities that she never received any pay. Her employer stole her passport from her, whereby not allowing her to return China after she expressed a desire to leave.
Because she had no money, no passport, and no knowledge of the English language, the nanny was trapped in what proved to be a living hell.
Her employer faced five felony charges on Friday including human labor trafficking, among other heinous crimes. She is currently in jail on $350,000 bail.
Although this horrific employment scenario may seem unfathomable for a wealthy community, human monsters lurk everywhere.
Photo credit: Associated Press, Washington County Jail