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CASE NAME:United States v. Theresa Mubang
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Theresa Mubang
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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:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Maryland
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Cameroon
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Involuntary Servitude
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Harboring an Illegal Alien for Financial Gain
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:210
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$100,000
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SUMMARY:Defendant Mubang, a naturalized US citizen, originally from Cameroon, kept in involuntary servitude a minor girl from Cameroon for approximately 2 years. Defendant Mubang took the girl from her parents in Cameroon, promising them that the girl, Evelyn Chumbow, would receive American education and would lead a better life than in Cameroon.  She then transported the girl through London using a false passport for Chumbow. Once at Defendant's home in Greenbelt, Maryland, however, Chumbow was forced to serve as a nanny to Defendant's sons, was required to cook and clean, and was isolated from the Maryland community and never allowed to speak with her family back in Cameroon.  Chumbow slept on the floor and cared for the children around-the-clock.  Defendant Mubang prohibited her from opening the door of the house or leaving the house for any reason other than the completion of specific household tasks.  Chumbow was never sent to school or allowed to communicate with children her age.  Defendant Mubang subjected Chumbow to continued verbal and physical abuse, often beating her with belts and high-heel-shoes to the extent that the girl would start bleeding or the girl's skull would ooze bodily fluids from the hits with the high-heel shoe. Chumbow escaped from Defendant's house while Defendant Mubang was at a weekend conference. Notably, about a year prior to Chumbow's enslavement, Defendant Mubang had similarly enslaved another young girl from Cameroon. She had sent her back to Cameroon, however, because the girl had started calling the police.  Additionally, after Chumbow escaped, Mubang brought over another girl from Cameroon, enslaving her as well.  That victim ran away, as well.

Mubang fled the United States after she was convicted, but before sentencing took place.  She was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison in absentia.  In May, 2005, she was caught in Cameroon and sent back to the United States to begin to serve her sentence.
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