Human trafficking at Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia?

posted at 8:41 am on May 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The DHS has opened an “ongoing” investigation of human trafficking at a McLean, Virginia location that has a notable owner — the King of Saudi Arabia. Police responded to a call on Tuesday to the diplomatic residence and “rescued” two women, NBC reported yesterday afternoon — and touched off a major diplomatic headache (via Katie Pavlich):

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

A case of “possible human trafficking” at a Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia is under investigation, Homeland Security confirmed to News4.

Agents from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations and Fairfax County police were called to a home in the 6000 block of Orris Street in McLean overnight and, in the words of a source familiar with the investigation, “rescued” two women. One woman reportedly tried to flee by squeezing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing.

It’s not clear if the women, who sources say are from the Philippines, called investigators to the home themselves or if someone else did.

It’s not as if anyone should be surprised to hear of human trafficking and Saudi Arabia in the same sentence. The US has made repeated note of the Saudis and trafficking, naming them a Tier 3 nation — the worst status — in the State Department Trafficking in Persons report in 2005.  It still holds that designation in the 2012 report, which states:

Saudi Arabia is a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labor and to a lesser extent, forced prostitution. Men and women from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and many other countries voluntarily travel to Saudi Arabia as domestic servants or other low-skilled laborers, but some subsequently face conditions indicative of involuntary servitude, including nonpayment of wages, long working hours without rest, deprivation of food, threats, physical or sexual abuse, and restrictions on movement such as the withholding of passports or confinement to the workplace. Although many migrant workers sign contracts delineating their rights, some report work conditions that are substantially different from those described in the contract. Other migrant workers never see a contract at all, leaving them especially vulnerable to forced labor, including debt bondage. Due to Saudi Arabia’s requirement that foreign workers receive permission from their employer to get an “exit visa” before they are able to leave the country, migrant workers report that they are forced to work for months or years beyond their contract term because their employer will not grant them an exit permit.

Women, primarily from Asian and African countries, are believed to be forced into prostitution in Saudi Arabia. Some female domestic workers are reportedly kidnapped and forced into prostitution after running away from abusive employers. Yemeni, Nigerian, Pakistani, Afghan, Chadian, and Sudanese children are subjected to forced labor as beggars and street vendors in Saudi Arabia, facilitated by criminal gangs. A Saudi study conducted in 2011 reported that most beggars in Saudi Arabia are Yemenis between the ages of 16 and 25. Some Saudi nationals travel to destinations including Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh to solicit prostitution. Some Saudi men used legally contracted “temporary marriages” in countries such as Egypt, India, Mauritania, Yemen, and Indonesia as a means by which to sexually exploit young girls and women overseas.

The Saudis don’t seem to care much about this status, either:

The Government of Saudi Arabia does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.

Presumably, the residents at this compound have diplomatic immunity, which means it will be impossible to charge anyone with a crime.  The US can eject anyone with diplomatic credentials, however.  If this turns out to be a case of human trafficking, not only should the US eject everyone who lived and worked at the compound at the time, we might want to publish the names and faces of those involved as a message that it had better not happen again.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Looks like its time for barky to bow to his overlords……

dmann on May 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Multiculturalism!

I’m sure the feminist Left will be all over this. /

Liam on May 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Saudis behaving badly. I’m shocked.

CJ on May 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

“If this turns out to be a case of human trafficking, not only should the US eject everyone who lived and worked at the compound at the time, we might want to publish the names and faces of those involved as a message that it had better not happen again.”

But … we won’t. So…

djl130 on May 2, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Multiculturalism!

I’m sure the feminist Left will be all over this. /

Liam on May 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Only as far as the victims are neither Christian nor Jewish, perhaps.

Steve Eggleston on May 2, 2013 at 8:50 AM

FLOTUS to visit McClean today

Jabberwock on May 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

This can’t possibly come as a surprise to anyone – ALL muslim countries are involved in “peaceful” human trafficking.

Pork-Chop on May 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Our Jihadi Debtlords are interested in young sex slaves?

Mmmmmm, and what religion would have prompted that being acceptable?

If the Muslim sympathizers controlling Congress and D.C. weren’t….well…..so sympathetic……maybe we’d have Congressional hearings or some other blah blah.

My bad though, I forgot Senator Baby Bob Menendez and his co-horts.

PappyD61 on May 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Will turning the other cheek apply?

I hope that he doesn’t do anything about this.

Since he is letting the Muslims kill or maim the rest of us with as much impunity as he can allow, just physical and sexual abuse should surely get a pass or I am going to be envious.

He killed OBL to save lives and that he why he does the drones. Going on a revenge mission in Benghazi or investigating things too much apparently gets into the category of “violence beggting violence”. And don’t tell me that you right wing guys can’t discern the present program or deny my contention!

I am probably the only one who sees this, but I hope not.

IlikedAUH2O on May 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Oh.

The Saudis.

So… it’s OK.

Shy Guy on May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Saudis…no surprise there.

Devout followers if the religion of peace.

If you are not a mohammedan, you are merely objects to be used…and discarded…or killed.

BTW, not everybody in that compound has diplomatic immunity.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Sssshhhhh. Nothing to see here. This is not a war on women. Move along folks.

Background checks!

Uh.

Immigra…

Oh. Not that.

Uh…

Jobs!

Crap.

Syr…

Damn. Someone come up with something positive to divert attention from this one, please.

BKeyser on May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Could this be payback for the Saudi’s saying they warned
us in writing about the Boston bomber ?
Just sayin’ .

Lucano on May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM

If Democrats would stop blocking the development of our own resources it would be easier to treat these medieval degenerates as they deserve to be treated.

Environmentalists need to stop facilitating sex slavery.

forest on May 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

FLOTUS to visit McClean today

Jabberwock on May 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Relief pitcher?

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

You would think the Philippine government would also like to have a word or two with the Saudis if this turns out to be true, unless they’re OK with having their people flown around the world and treated like slaves in third-party nations.

jon1979 on May 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Human trafficking at Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia?

What’s the problem? Women are things.
-Saudi diplomat.

Gatsu on May 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I wonder if Jesus were our #44 POTUS, whether he would be very much like our beloved Barack?

IlikedAUH2O on May 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Relief pitcher?

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Designated Hitter for Saudi eruptions.

Just back from Boston so all warmed up with a groved swing.

Jabberwock on May 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM

If this turns out to be a case of human trafficking, not only should the US eject everyone who lived and worked at the compound at the time

Well, except for the humans trafficked.

Dusty on May 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

jon1979 on May 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

The women are recruited through newspaper, magazine and TV ads…want a good salary? Benefits? Put your nursing degree to work? Huge sign-on bonus! That sort of thing.

Once they arrive in the kingdom, they are held incommunicado..all cell phones taken, all access to mail cut off…are told that they have to “work off” the “investment” made by their owners…and told that at present there are no nursing or nanny jobs available…so…go take care of Abdul, and his forty brothers…or be beheaded for blasphemy or something.

No different than Russian sex trafficking out of Brighton Beach….except for the beheading thing.

Mind you, not all ads for Philippine nurses are bogus…many many stateside hospitals run such ads…but legit.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM

President Reagan and the Marine Barracks in Lebanon?

Someone else list the illegal or violent acts which our government has done nothing about. I am busy since I have an actual coffee business/social meeting with real black and minority people who I sometimes hug.

IlikedAUH2O on May 2, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Another red line crossed…another red line moved further back…carry on peeps, we have illegalgration to pass…

hillsoftx on May 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Ed: Have you been paying attention to this? It’s a sex trafficking situation in NJ & NY involving Mexican women being forced to have sex 25 times a day and split their earnings with the people that smuggled them into the US. I doubt we are going to hear much about it in the MSM because of immigration reform, but ordinarily it would be a big deal. I’m mean, if we need to worry about ‘global warming causing women to be forced into prostitution’ some time in the future, you would think that Dora the Explorer Jackson-Lee would be railing against the injustice of this case from the well of the House.

Resist We Much on May 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Just ran across this little nugget.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347089/saul-alinsky-and-gang-eight

At the press conference introducing their bill, the Gang of Eight evoked the spirit of Ted Kennedy. But the 24 pages of the 844-page bill (pages 370–94) dealing with “immigrant integration” stand as a rousing tribute to Saul Alinsky. If this bill becomes law, you can be sure, as night follows day, that federal dollars will pour into radical left-wing activist groups to promote “immigrant integration.”

We can be sure that “immigrant integration” will work in the Senate bill the same way it currently works in the states. The left-wing groups that will benefit from the “Alinsky” section of the Schumer-Rubio bill include the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Service Employees International Union, La Raza, the Asian Law Caucus, the National Immigration Law Center, CASA, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, and various organizations supported by Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood. National Review readers have been alerted to the activities of these groups particularly through the writings of Stanley Kurtz, as well as David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin, co-authors of The New Leviathan.

As Lenin used to say, Cui bono? Who benefits? So who benefits from pages 370–94 of the Schumer-Rubio bill? Schumer knows. Does Rubio?

And maybe the Saudis can get some free young slave stuff put in there for them. Paging Marco Rubio, another big money interest would like some young thang exemption in the bill….

….AND YET RUSH, LEVIN and HANNITY continue to defend Rubio??

PappyD61 on May 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Well, except for the humans trafficked.

Dusty on May 2, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The way things are these days, the victims are the ones who will probably get kicked out. “It doesn’t say anything about slavery in your paperwork…”

forest on May 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Any who thinks this is going to come to
anything is delusional .
Probably happened a long tine ago .

Lucano on May 2, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Christians sharing their faith in the Military? Court Martial them!
Saudis selling women? Hey…it’s the “religion of peace.”

Exscuse me. I’ve got to go throw up.

kingsjester on May 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Mind you, not all ads for Philippine nurses are bogus…many many stateside hospitals run such ads…but legit.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Our hospital here in West Texas has a bunch of Philippine nurses coming over on J-1 visas, in part according to the administrator, because the Obama 99-week unemployment benefit plan means they can’t recruit laid-off RNs and LVNs from other parts of the country — they’d rather wait out the current situation and stay where they are and live on government benefits, as opposed to uprooting themselves and moving 1,000 or more miles away to a job in the oil patch.

As for the raid, the Philippines really can’t do much about citizens who go to Saudi Arabia and end up in indentured servitude. But having them taking those people in captivity from country to country takes Saudi feelings of privilege and immunity from other country’s laws to a whole ‘nother level, especially in this instance, since unlike the girls held by Russian mobsters in south Brooklyn, this is slavery not just endorsed, buy conducted by the Saudi government.

jon1979 on May 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Probably where obummer got his rent boys from.

abobo on May 2, 2013 at 9:17 AM

PappyD61 on May 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM
I made 6 pages of notes on Rush
defending Rubio the other day .
I read them to spouse last night trying
to figure it out . Neither one of us got it .
We did get the part where he said Rubio
has a good heart , bill wasn’t supposed to pass,
naive because he hasn’t been a target of the
left wing destroy campaign …yet .
I’m very confused , this is not Rush .
Am I missing something ?
I keep thinking he knows something that we don’t know .

Lucano on May 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Imagine if we were energy independant and didn’t have to kiss the Saudi’s butts and turn the other way when they pull this crap on our own soil.

ctmom on May 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

It’s only a War on Women if the Saudis don’t force the Catholic Church to buy birth control for dingbat Democrat women who otherwise wouldn’t know how to do such on their own.

MNHawk on May 2, 2013 at 9:22 AM

The Obama administration can’t eject these people…That would be intolerant of diverse lifestyles wouldn’t it?

workingclass artist on May 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM

ctmom on May 2, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Had we done so back in the 70-80′s…

But, we’ve been told how many times, drill here, drill now won’t work because it will take years and years for all those wells to come online?

Well, a lot of years have passed…

Domestic energy independence for North America is not only an energy issue…it is a national security issue…and as we see with the Saudis (and others) a moral issue as well.

This Northern Virginia episode is not an aberration (the current cliche word…) it is common, and has been common since the days of Ibn Battuta and Mansa Musa.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

“Diplomatic immunity.”

“It’s just been revoked.”

Content warning: violence

VibrioCocci on May 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Christians (Including Chaplains) sharing their faith in the Military? Court Martial them!
Saudis selling women? Hey…it’s the “religion of peace.”

Exscuse me. I’ve got to go throw up.

kingsjester on May 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

fify…

workingclass artist on May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

This is what Saudis do.
I am surprised they do it here however our embassy over there is allowed pork at BBQ’s and alcohol (only at the embassy)so in their view, what’s the problem?

ORconservative on May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

VibrioCocci on May 2, 2013 at 9:27 AM

But, that was a white guy…Afrikaner, to boot….these Saudi pigs are peaceful mohammedans now being persecuted in America for their “faith.”

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

A neighbor reported seeing Algore leaving via the back door.

petefrt on May 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Police responded to a call on Tuesday to the diplomatic residence and “rescued” two women

…so Pelosi and Mooch are safe?

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

You would think the Philippine government would also like to have a word or two with the Saudis if this turns out to be true, unless they’re OK with having their people flown around the world and treated like slaves in third-party nations.

jon1979 on May 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I lived in Saudi Arabia for awhile. The Philippine government (diplomatic corps) kowtows to the Saudi’s even worse than Obambi. First, because they too are infiltrated with Muslims and Second, those on contract to the Saudis return a lot of money to the Philippines by way of family support.

TerryW on May 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

ORconservative on May 2, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Saudi Arabia is the only country from which I was declared persona non grata.

Did you know that you average Saudi citizen can be beheaded for being caught drunk in public…flogged nearly to death, for drinking. But, if you are one of the “royal family” (well-healed inbreds) number thousands and thousands, you can have a bottle of the finest Johnnie Walker hand delivered to your door 24/7…and the Saudi police will provide the ride.

Tree…apple.

Mohammed…Saudis.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

petefrt on May 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

AlGore?

Back door?

Well, played.

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Were these two women subject to being furloughed 1 day a week? If not, that would tend to support a claim that the Saudi government does a better job of managing its money than the US regime.

Just sayin’.

BobMbx on May 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

If this turns out to be a case of human trafficking, not only should the US eject everyone who lived and worked at the compound at the time, we might want to publish the names and faces of those involved as a message that it had better not happen again.

How about we shut down their embassy for a time? “Severed relations” one might say? Maybe not a bad idea actually. So much of Saud is against our ideals not the least of which is the terrorist incubation center it has been.

AnonymousDrivel on May 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I think the term ‘human trafficking’ is being misused here.

Notice the report excerpt does not use the term. Only the “journalists” use that term. They don’t want to deal with the fact that this is how Muslim’s treat non Muslims when no one (from the outside) is looking.

TerryW on May 2, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Remember the Apartheid of South Africa and how Hollywood, the UN, academia and others were, and rightfully so, big supporters of boycotting that nation. Well Saudi Arabia is worse as women are second class citizens, so are religious minorities, homosexuals and others. The fact that many Saudi Arabians have domestic slaves is not new news. But where are the calls of boycotts from these same organizations? Even the elitists at Harvard could care less considering they have no problem taking money from Saudi Arabian princes as donations.

MoreLiberty on May 2, 2013 at 9:50 AM

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I have a little experience too. It is an awesome country to be sure/
I give Americans that can stay and work there a lot of credit. It is not an easy place to live with a functioning bs meter.
One more thing they have a societal system that Americans wouldn’t tolerate for 30 seconds. (Well, liberals might and be jealous too) The people there of other nationalities are grouped and respected (or not) based on where they are from. America pre Civil War was more respectful.
Stunning. Really.
Human trafficking here? Not so much. Any port in a storm I guess.

ORconservative on May 2, 2013 at 9:51 AM

My bad though, I forgot Senator Baby Bob Menendez and his co-horts.

PappyD61 on May 2, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Speaking of which, is this still being investigated, or has the sweeping-under-the-carpet phase been completed? Because it for sure isn’t going anywhere else. It’s too bad it’s the Senate. If it were in the House, Darryl Issa could have made sure it went nowhere. Like everything else he “investigates”.

bofh on May 2, 2013 at 10:03 AM

we might want to publish the names and faces of those involved as a message that it had better not happen again.

Neither John Kerry or King Barry has the balls.

GarandFan on May 2, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Diplomatic immunity for kidnapping? Who dreamed up that bs?

Buddahpundit on May 2, 2013 at 10:21 AM

You would think the Philippine government would also like to have a word or two with the Saudis if this turns out to be true, unless they’re OK with having their people flown around the world and treated like slaves in third-party nations.

jon1979 on May 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I lived in Saudi Arabia for awhile. The Philippine government (diplomatic corps) kowtows to the Saudi’s even worse than Obambi. First, because they too are infiltrated with Muslims and Second, those on contract to the Saudis return a lot of money to the Philippines by way of family support.

TerryW on May 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The Soddys would not source their slaves in the US, that would be too risky. They would ‘hire’ them first in the kingdom and then fly them here on government charters, perhaps drugged.

Countries like India and the Philippines regularly warn their citizens about ‘jobs’ in countries like KSA, and have been for decades. The promised money is just too attractive, and some fraction of them do turn into jobs for which they are paid.

slickwillie2001 on May 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM

If this turns out to be a case of human trafficking, not only should the US eject everyone who lived and worked at the compound at the time, we might want to publish the names and faces of those involved as a message that it had better not happen again.

You are kidding right? America licks Saudi balls everyday. They own everyone with influence in America. This will go nowhere other than apologies to the House of Saud.

BL@KBIRD on May 2, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Perhaps this is why Kerry’s meeting with the Saudi foreign minister was a closed meeting?

What did they talk about?

Getting Saudi “person(s) of interest” in Boston out of the country and asking, begging, for forgiveness, offering a dozen more M1A2′s to the Saudis because somebody out in Northern Virginia “embarrassed” our esteemed Saudi diplomatic “guests?”

coldwarrior on May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Well it’s a good think that Saudi Arabia has never been allowed on the UN’s Human Rights Council. Oh, wait…

batter on May 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Ugh. think = thing

batter on May 2, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Muslims hate America

Liberals hate America

Liberlas love Muslims

Liberals love slavery

JackM on May 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Do you think we could unload Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein on these guys?

We could use the procedes to buy guns.

JackM on May 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

This has been going on, since (a very long time).

I don’t doubt that a LARGE number of missing young lady citizens of the U.S. have ended up over there (like maybe, Marizela Perez ?) … : (
.
What I had theorized some years ago, is that this could be a deliberate attempt at “breeding” suicide killers who could get passed ‘profiling’.

Islamic men tend to be polygamous. Could there be a shortage of Saudi women ? What with them being beaten, executed, and all …….

listens2glenn on May 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Sure, they laugh at us and in particular, our idiot-in-chief. Saudi Arabia is the fortress of Wahhabi’s, and therefore, jihadi’s. DOH! Who knew?

ultracon on May 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Couldn’t we send some our America hating Muslim citizens to this Islamic paradise (in exchange for their citizenship papers)???

KenInIL on May 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Do you think we could unload Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein on these guys?

We could use the procedes to buy guns.

JackM on May 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

.
Proceeds ? ! … You’d have to PAY them, to take those two.

listens2glenn on May 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Do you think we could unload Nancy Pelosi and Diane Feinstein on these guys?

We could use the proceeds to buy guns.

JackM on May 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Too ugly, and unfamiliar with the concept of real work.

slickwillie2001 on May 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Muslims hate America

Liberals hate America

Liberlas love Muslims

Liberals love slavery

JackM on May 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

.
Liberals don’t “love” Moslems, Jack’.

They’re just using them against us, until the U.S. is conquered.

But your other three lines are ‘spot-on’.

listens2glenn on May 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

My kid is invited to a Youth Leadership Program on National Security in DC. Guess who is one of the listed sponsors? The Embassy of Saudi Arabia. He wants to go, but I am unsure of what indoctrination will take place.

lonestar1 on May 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The Saudis don’t seem to care much about this status, either:

Does Dhimmitude ring a bell to anyone? It’s a tenant of the Muslim faith.

TulsAmerican on May 3, 2013 at 2:01 AM