Couple accused of enslaving Nigerian girl

October 09, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Federal immigration officials alleged yesterday that a Montgomery County couple enslaved a teen-age Nigerian girl for five years, forcing her to care for their five children without pay and subjecting her to physical and sexual abuse.

George Chidebe Udeozor and his wife, Adaobi Stella Udeozor, were charged with harboring a juvenile illegal alien for financial gain, inducing an alien to enter the United States and conspiracy. The Germantown couple were charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt by investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Adaobi Udeozor, 44, was arrested yesterday at the couple's home. Her husband was believed to be in Nigeria, the couple's native country. An affidavit filed yesterday said the girl was brought to America when she was 14 and told that she would work as a baby sitter for pay and attend school in the United States.

The affidavit said the girl never attended school and instead was required to care for the family's children and to work at Adaobi Udeozor's health clinic without pay. She also was forced to have sex with George Udeozor and beaten regularly with shoes, a belt and a stick, the affidavit said. In October 2001, the girl contacted Montgomery County police and escaped the home.

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