Husband gets lighter sentence than wife in slave case

A millionaire convicted along with his wife of virtually enslaving two Indonesian housekeepers was sentenced to more than three years in prison Friday. Mahender Sabhnani was convicted in December of

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2008, 11:36 PM

Updated 5,871 days ago

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A millionaire convicted along with his wife of virtually enslaving two Indonesian housekeepers was sentenced to more than three years in prison Friday.
Mahender Sabhnani was convicted in December of 12 counts including forced labor and involuntarily servitude. He was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.
The workers testified that they were beaten with brooms and umbrellas, slashed with knives and forced to take cold showers. They also said they were starved and forced to sleep on the floor.
On Thursday, Varsha Sabhnani received an 11-year sentence. Prosecutors said she was the one who abused the women. The judge said Friday that Mahender Sabhnani must have known what was going on and did nothing.
Sabhnani does not have to surrender to police until Oct. 30. At a hearing on July 11, the judge will determine how much the couple has to pay the victims in back wages. The government is asking for $1 million.


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