You Can’t Be Serious… African Woman Convicted Of Forcing Nannies Into Slavery In Georgia

- By Bossip Staff

They need to lock this broad up and throw away the key so she can see how it feels.

Bidemi Bello, a 41-year-old Nigerian citizen, was convicted on two counts of forced labor, two counts of trafficking for forced labor, one count of alien harboring and two counts of making false statements in an application to become a U.S. citizen. She recruited young women in Nigeria to come to the U.S. to work as nannies, promising to send them to school and take care of them. But after the victims arrived, Bello allegedly physically abused and psychologically intimidated the young women.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Bello did not send the women to school or pay them and had them cut the lawn by hand with a knife. The victims were not allowed to sleep in beds and not allowed to use the shower, and sometimes had to eat spoiled or moldy food. The second victim escaped in 2006 by taking a cab to a church.

“Both women were brave enough to testify in court,” said assistant U.S. attorney Susan Coppedge. “This is shocking behavior going on in a normal-looking subdivision in Suwanee, Georgia… I think there are other instances in Georgia and certainly the metropolitan area.”

Bello left the United States during the investigation, and when she re-entered she was found and arrested at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. She was indicted in September 2010.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 24 before U.S. District Judge Bill Duffey. The forced labor and labor trafficking charges have maximum sentences of 20 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. The document servitude charge has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. The alien harboring count has a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

See, slavery is still going on in the south. You never know what them folks down the block are doing.

SMH… Boy we tell ya! The lengths people go to trying to come to America to live a better life — only to end up shackled in the backyard eating moldy food and cutting the grass one blade at a time.

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