Muttontown wife gets 11 years for keeping slaves

The Muttontown wife convicted late last year of keeping her housekeepers as slaves was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday. Protestors gathered at the Central Islip Courthouse to await the sentencing.

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2008, 12:10 AM

Updated 5,860 days ago

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The Muttontown wife convicted late last year of keeping her housekeepers as slaves was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday.
Protestors gathered at the Central Islip Courthouse to await the sentencing.
Varsha Sabhnani and her husband Mahendar were convicted on all 12 charges stemming from the imprisonment of two Indonesian women in their home. The indictment included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude and harboring aliens.
Members of the group Domestic Workers United rallied outside the courthouse in favor of a bill of rights for domestic workers. Also outside the court, Leg. David Mejias (D-Farmingdale) urged the judge to make an example of the couple.
Mahendar Sabhnani will be sentenced Friday and the judge requested his wife attend. A hearing to decide how the couple should pay the victims restitution will be held July 11.


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