Saudi Princess Accused of Human Trafficking


A Saudi princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly holding a domestic worker against her will and forcing her to work at an Orange County condominium, prosecutors said.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas identified 42-year-old Meshael Alayban as a Saudi princess who was charged with one count of human trafficking. If convicted, she faces up to 12 years in prison.

The district attorney’s office said the princess is one of the wives of Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, the former governor of Kharj region south of Riyadh. The prince was relieved of his duty as governor “upon his request” last December.

“This is far from the first instance like this, of Saudis in the US treating servants the way they treat them in the Kingdom,” writes former US diplomat John Burgess on his blog. “It should not be surprising knowledge to learn that the US forbids this kind of treatment. It is amazing, though, that the message has not gotten through.”