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CASE NAME:United States v. Louisa Satia
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Louisa Satia, Kevin Waton Nanji, Vivian Satia, Etiondem Daniel Achamorfaw
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DOCKET NUMBER:00-590
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Alexander Williams, Jr.
YEAR OF ARREST:2000
YEAR OF VERDICT:2001
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Maryland
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
STATE COUNTY:
AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Cameroon
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:The girls were smuggled in using passports of the defendants' relatives.
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Involuntary Servitude
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1584
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty
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SECOND CHARGE:Conspiracy to illegally harbor and induce an alien to enter the United States
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371 (18 U.S.C. § 1324)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Harboring an alien for financial gain.
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1324
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Conspiracy to commit marriage fraud (Satia only).
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
FIFTH CHARGE:Conspiracy to commit passport fraud (Satia only).
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIFTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
CORE TERMS:18 U.S.C. § 1584; 18 U.S.C. § 371; 18 U.S.C. § 1324
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:108 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$105,300 (Louisa Satia and Nanji) and $186,000 (Vivian Satia and Achamorfaw)
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:68 Fed. Appx. 428 (2003)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:

Defendants brought two then-teenage girls (age 14 and age 17) to the United States from Cameroon. Defendants told the girls and their families that, in exchange for performing light housework, the girls would have the opportunity to attend school in the United States. Once here, defendants used threats and physical violence, including sexual abuse, to force the victims to work long days as domestic servants and nannies. The defendants also controlled and manipulated the girls by threatening to deport them. The victims received no compensation and were not permitted to attend school.

Vivian Satia and Etiondem Daniel Achamorfaw pleaded guilty to trafficking-related charges. A federal jury convicted Louisa Satia and Kevin Nanji of involuntary servitude, conspiracy to illegally harbor and induce an alien to enter the United States, and harboring an alien for financial gain. Satia was also convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and passport fraud.

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