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Woman who adopted 2 young kids forced them to give her massages and do household chores for 10 hours a day

By Mason White 3:41 PM September 24, 2017
Girl giving woman massage (illustration)
Girl giving woman massage (illustration)
By: William Martin

A cruel woman adopted two young children and forced them to do household chores and work for her without compensation, according to police in New York.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested Sook Yeong Park, 50, and Jeong Taek Lee, 54, both of Queens, for violating child labor laws.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that Park and her husband Lee, have been sentenced for their roles in forcing the two youngsters to work without compensation, do housework and other chores over the course of six years.

According to the police investigation, the couple was entrusted with the care and education of the two children of South Korea.

However, instead of giving the kids, a brother and a sister, a better life in the United States, the coupled forced them to clean their house.

The girl was forced to give Park body massages and pedicures.

The children had their passports seized and using fear, intimidation and actual physical force, the youngsters were coerced into doing numerous household chores.

The kids have since been reunited with their biological parents in South Korea.

In court, Park and Lee, 54, both of 196 Street in Flushing, Queens, pleaded guilty to two counts of labor trafficking.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas sentenced Park to up to six years in prison while Lee was given five years probation for his role.

The court was told that the girl was adopted when she was 11 and her brother was 9.

Shortly afterwards, the children’s passports were taken from them and the girl was forced to work almost daily after school for approximately ten hours doing housework.

The girl also had to give Park back and foot massages, and manicures and pedicures.

The girl had to work various jobs outside the home, including in a grocery store, a nail salon, a restaurant and as a babysitter, and was forced to turn over her earnings to the couple.

The boy was also required to work at a grocery store for at least one day a month, and had to hand over his pay to Park and Lee.

The two children were told that they had to work to pay for their living expenses, even though their parents were sending money to the couple for their care.

The children were not allowed to have any contact with their parents without Park being present and coaching the youngsters on what to say.

The girl was forced to sleep on the floor in a small closet and her brother slept on a bedroom floor.

Park hit them with objects, slapped them or stepped on their legs and kicked them.

The forced labor came to light when the children reported the physical abuse to school officials, who then contacted the police.