The Saudi princess arrested for alleged human trafficking has been released from jail after posting a $5 million bail, according to the Orange County District Attorney, but must remain in California, surrender her passport and wear a GPS tracking device.
Meshael Alayban is a wife of Saudi Arabian Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. She was arrested Wednesday at her condominium in Irvine, Calif., and charged with one felony count of human trafficking, according to the Irvine Police Department.
She was released Thursday after appearing at the Orange County Superior Court but will not be arraigned until July 29, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Alayban has reportedly denied the charges, through her lawyer.
Alayban, 42, allegedly held a 30-year-old Kenyan woman against her will, forcing her to work 112 hours a week and paying her only $220 a month, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. The woman, whose name has not been released, was originally contracted to work for Alayban for 40 hours a week and receive $1,600 a month, according to prosecutors. She allegedly first went to work for Alayban in Saudi Arabia before coming with Alayban to the United States in May.
When the woman arrived in Saudi Arabia from Kenya, Alayban allegedly seized her passport and travel documents. She gave them back to her so the woman could enter the United States but then immediately seized them again, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Alayban allegedly told the victim to lie to the U.S. Embassy about her hours of employment.
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