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CASE NAME:Zipora Mazengo v. Alan S. Mzengi
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Zipora Mazengo
ALL DEFENDANTS:Alan S. Mzengi, Stella Mzengi
CITATION:2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99377
DOCKET NUMBER:07-00756
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Alan Kay, Rosemary M. Collyer
YEAR OF ARREST:2004
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:District of Columbia
FEDERAL DISTRICT: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:Tanzania
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
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FIRST CLAIM:Involuntary Servitude
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Thirteenth Amendment, 18 U.S.C. § 1584
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SECOND CLAIM:Trafficking with Respect to Peonage, Slavery, Involuntary Servitude or Forced Labor
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1590, 1595
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Not Liable
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THIRD CLAIM:Forced Labor
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, 18 U.S.C. § 1589
THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Not Liable
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FOURTH CLAIM:Minimum Wage Violations
FOURTH CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:Maryland Wage and Hour Law, MD. CODE ANN., LAB. & EMPL. § 3-401, et seq.
FOURTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FOURTH CLAIM:510,249.21
FIFTH CLAIM:Unjust Enrichment, Fraudulent Inducement, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress,
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FIFTH CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FIFTH CLAIM:313,063.33
SIXTH CLAIM:Breach of Contract
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TOTAL AWARD:1,059,348.79
APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Judgment
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:542 F. Supp. 2d 96
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendants, a husband and wife, lured the victim to the United States by promising her $900 per month for domestic work.  The work was for child care and normal household work, and was to include five 8-hour work days per week, two full days off per week, two weeks of paid vacation per year, and overtime compensation.   When the victim arrived in the United States, the Defendants immediately seized her passport and employment contract.  The victim regularly worked 17-hour days, 7 days per week.  She was verbally and physically abused, denied medical care, and not permitted to leave the house unattended.  She was also not paid for her work.  The victim escaped through the aid of a customer of the Defendants' catering business.

Defendants failed to answer the Complaint and a default judgment was entered for the Plaintiff.  
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