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CASE NAME:United States v. Abdenasser Ennassime
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Abdenasser Ennassime, Tonya Ennassime
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SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
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YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2006
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Washington
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Morocco
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:B-1/B-2 visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant, Restaurant/Bar Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Forced Labor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:180 months of electronic home detention, 240 hours of community service and 3 years of probation
SECOND CHARGE:Concealing and Harboring an Alien
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:90 days of electronic home detention, 60 hours of community service and 3 years of probation
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:Abdenasser Ennassime: 180 days (6 months) electronic home detention, 240 hours community service, and 3 years probation. <br> <br>Tonya Ennassime: 90 days (2 months) electronic home detention, 60 hours community service, and 3 years probation.
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$65,227 (joint and severally between 2 defendants)
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APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

Defendants Abdenasser and Tonya Ennassime, husband and wife, brought their 12-year-old niece to the United States in September 2001. The victim was promised she would receive an education. In exchange for lodging, the victim believed she would assist with housework and childcare for defendants' young son.

Instead, defendants forced the victim to work a grueling daily schedule that included cooking, cleaning, and childcare. Additionally, defendants forced the victim to work at the couple’s espresso stand on weekends and during the summer. When the victim complained about her mistreatment, Abdenasser Ennassime responded by physically assaulting her, and then pulling her out of school to work longer hours at the espresso stand. After the victim's temporary visitor's visa expired, defendants threatened to deport her if she did not work harder. The victim escaped in July 2005 after being helped by friends and an immigrant rights group. Although Abdenasser Ennassime would have been eligible for a sentence of three to four years under federal sentencing guidelines, the government agreed to ask for home detention at the victim's request.

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