Woman scratches her child slave with nail clipper because she gave her a bad manicureBy Mason White 12:42 PM January 15, 2016
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested on a charge of labor trafficking after allegedly keeping two children in her home as slaves, police in New York said.
The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 42-year-old Sook Yeong Park of Queens, after being accused of assaulting a girl with a nail clipper because she gave her a bad manicure.
Park was charged with labor trafficking, third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Her bail was set $10,000.
If convicted, Park faces up to seven years in prison.
According to the police investigation, the two victims, a 16-year-old girl and her 14-year-old brother, were brought to the United States from South Korea, by one of Park’s relative.
Park then confiscated the victims’ passports.
Shortly after being placed with Park, the female victim was forced to work almost everyday after school for approximately 10 hours.
She was forced to do housework, including meticulously cleaning Park’s residence for her and her family, as well as forcing the child to give her back and foot massages and manicures and pedicures.
In one instance, it is alleged that Park forced the young female victim to give her a five-hour body massage while the suspect watched television.
Park forced the female victim to work at a grocery store approximately two days a week for eight hours a day at a salary of $10 an hour, which the victim was forced to turn over in full to the suspect.
Beginning in August 2015, the boy was also required to work at the grocery store for at least one day a month and turn over all his wages to Park.
The two children were allegedly told by Park that they had to work to pay their expenses because their mother wasn’t sending her any money.
Park forced the girl to sleep on the floor in a small closet with one blanket and no mattress. The boy was told to sleep on a bedroom floor with only one blanket and no mattress.
During this time, Park routinely beat them by striking them with objects, slapping them, stepping on their legs and kicking them for not obeying her orders, causing them to fear her.
Over the past year, Park often made the girl miss school in order to assist her and clean her residence.
In one incident, Park allegedly scratched the girl on the legs with a nail clipper, causing scratches and substantial pain, because the manicure and pedicure that the victim was giving her were not up to her standards.
Park would not allow the two victims to have any contact with
their biological parents.
On January 7, 2016, it is alleged that the high school’s assistant principal observed bruising on the victim’s legs, which were the result of Park’s actions.
On the same day, the assistant principal went to Park’s residence and demanded that the woman turn over the two victims’ passports, which Park ultimately did.
On January 9, 2016, the assistant principal allegedly brought both victims to the Northern Boulevard grocery store where they collected the salary due to them.
The matter came to light when the children reported the physical abuse to school officials who notified the police.