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Saudi woman arrested in human trafficking case

Posted: July 10, 2013 2:05 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2013 2:05 p.m.

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — A woman from Saudi Arabia has been arrested in California on allegations she held a domestic worker against her will at a condominium.

Irvine police say they arrested 42-year-old Meshael Alayban on Tuesday. Her occupation is listed as "princess" on the Orange County Sheriff's Department's inmate information website.

Her arrest came after a Kenyan woman carrying a suitcase flagged down a bus on Tuesday and a passenger helped her contact police.

Police say the Kenyan had contracted to work for Alayban in 2012 and her passport was taken from her on arrival in Saudi Arabia.

Police say Alayban's family traveled to the United States in May with the victim and four women from the Philippines.

Alayban is due in court Wednesday. It's not immediately clear if she has a lawyer.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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