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CASE NAME:Marichu Suarez Baoanan v. Lauro Liboon Baja, Jr.
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Marichu Suarez Baoanan
ALL DEFENDANTS:Lauro Liboon Baja, Jr., Norma Castro Baja, Maria Elizabeth Baja Facundo, LaBaire International Travel, Inc.
CITATION:627 F. Supp. 2d 155
DOCKET NUMBER:08 Civ. 5692 (VM)
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Victor Marrero
YEAR OF ARREST:2006
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Southern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:The Philippines
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
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FIRST CLAIM:Forced Labor
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §1589; 18 U.S.C. §1595
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SECOND CLAIM:Trafficking with Respect to Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, or Forced Labor
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §1590; 18 U.S.C. §1595
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THIRD CLAIM:Slavery, Peonage and Involuntary Servitude
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §1581; 18 U.S.C. §1584; 42 U.S.C. §1994; 13th Amendment
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FOURTH CLAIM:Unlawful Conduct with Respect to Documents in Furtherance of Trafficking, Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude, or Forced Labor
FOURTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §1592
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FIFTH CLAIM:Federal and State Labor Standards Act Violations
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SUMMARY:This case is still pending in front of the court.  All facts are allegations.
Defendant Lauro Baja was a representative from the Philippines to the United Nations in New York City.  Plaintiff alleges that she met with Mrs. Baja and made a deal with her:  that Plaintiff would pay her $10,000 in exchange for a visa, transportation to the US and assistance in finding a nursing position.  This price was later lowered to $5,000, which Plaintiff asserts she paid, in three installments.
Defendants instructed Plaintiff to tell the US Consulate that she was going to be a domestic worker, ostensibly to expedite the visa/passport process.  Employees of diplomats are entitled to diplomatic passports.  After about a week at a hotel that was owned partly by Defendant Labaire International Travel.  A worker from Labaire also gave Plaintiff a new, diplomatic passport.
Plaintiff traveled to the US in January, 2006.  She was met at the airport and driven straight to Defendants' home.  Once there, she was told she had to work for the Defendants for 6 months to pay off the $5,000 that Defendants had "discounted" off her agreement.
For the three months that Plaintiff worked for the Defendants, she was in charge of all the household chores, cooking for parties, childcare and some nursing duties.  She was only allowed to eat leftover food, was not allowed warm clothing or bedding, nor was she allowed to contact anyone outside the home.  Plaintiff was also beaten and insulted during her 3 months with the Defendants.
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