A 42-year-old woman has been accused of keeping two Korean slaves for six years after she confiscated their passports and made them cut ties with their parents.
Sook Yeong Park allegedly took a nine-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister captive in Queens, New York, in 2010 when they arrived from Asia.
She then forced them to repeatedly give her massages, manicures and pedicures as she beat them, in what Queens District Attorney Richard Brown described as a ‘house of horrors’.
In a story in DailyMail:
Park forced the girl to clean the house after school and sometimes kept her home from class so she could do chores.
The pair were also made to work in a Queens supermarket and hand over any earnings.
She said the youngster owed her $10 an hour because their mother wasn’t sending over any money to support them, DNAinfo reported.
The two were finally rescued last Thursday, after an assistant principal at Francis Lewis High School grew concerned about the teen girl.
The alleged victim, now 16 years old, would show up to class covered in injuries and would often fall asleep in class.
She finally confided in teachers and unveiled her story, prompting them to act and notify the police.
After showing up at the home, the assistant principal demanded Park turn over her and her brother’s passports, prosecutors said.
The school administrator also went to the grocery stores where the teens worked and demanded they turn over the salary they owed them.
She was arrested on Saturday and arraigned at Queens Criminal Court on charges of labor trafficking, third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Can you even imagine this! Two very young innocent children come to America hoping to have a new and prosperous life. Instead, at 9 and 11, they become slaves, lose their passports and have no way of connecting with their parents. How insane is that?!
This went on for a few years! This woman needs to be locked up! She robbed these innocent children of a short period of their lives. Can you imagine the physical and emotional abuse this woman gave these children? This woman’s actions will forever impact them, whether good or bad.
Of course, as a mother, I don’t know if I could have sent my two children at the young age of 9 or 11 from Aisa to a stranger in America. What was this mother thinking? Why wouldn’t she have had any contact with the police after the communication from her own children was cut? Would she not have reported her children missing or flew to America to look for them? I don’t think I could have made it past a day without the communication of my children at that same age.
On a final note, here’s one incident where education played a positive role. Who knows how long this might have gone on.
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