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CASE NAME:Samirah v. Sabhnani
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Samirah, Enung
ALL DEFENDANTS:Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, Mahnder Murlidhar Sabhnani
CITATION:2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63860
DOCKET NUMBER:2:08cv2970
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
RELATED CASE CITATION:2:07cr429, 599 F.3d 215
TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Arthur D. Spatt
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Indonesia
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown, Work 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
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FIRST CLAIM:Restitution
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1593, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., 18 U.S.C. § 1595
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Liable
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FIRST CLAIM:$936,546.22
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Judgment
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:772 F. Supp. 2d 437
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Plaintiffs were trafficked to the U.S. from Indonesia by the mother of Varsha Sabhnani who is known as Mrs. Joti. Plaintiffs were forced to sleep on the floor, beaten and forced to work for the Sabhnani's for a wage of $100 a month (lower than the $200 a month they were promised). Plaintiffs were also not given enough food to subsist and often took food from the trash. When they were caught taking food from the trash they were beaten. Their documents were confiscated when they arrived in the US. Defendant's were found guilty on criminal charges and later on civil charges, and they were ordered to pay restitution to the Plaintiffs. The criminal case can also be found in the Database under United States v. Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani
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