|Malu Custer Edwards and Micky Hurley|
A nanny claimed that her employer brought her to the United States in order to keep her as a slave, according to a new lawsuit filed in a New York court.
The nanny, who is originally from Chile, said she was forced into slavery by an Upper East Side Manhattan couple. She also claimed that the couple kept food and medicine away from her, and imprisoned her in a room with their children.
In the lawsuit, Felicitas del Carmen Villanueva Garnica, 50, said she was physically abused every day by the three children she was watching.
Her employers, Malu Custer Edwards and Micky Hurley, trafficked her to the U.S. fraudulently and illegally for the purpose of forcing her to care for their young children, the lawsuit that was filed in federal court in Manhattan said.
The three months of forced labor was nothing more than involuntary slavery, the woman alleged in court documents.
She was constantly berated, belittled, told not to talk to anyone outside the family, and was ordered not to leave the house.
Hurley locked her in the room with the children, and Villanueva sometimes ended up sleeping on the floor of any room in which she was locked in, court documents alleged.