French prosecutors probe slavery claims against Saudi prince

French prosecutors have said they are investigating claims that a Saudi prince kept seven employees in a state of modern-day slavery at an apartment he owned outside of Paris. The Le Parisien newspaper reported on Monday that an inquiry for human trafficking was opened after the women, most from the Philippines, filed complaints of modern-day slavery.

According to the source, the maids were recruited in Saudi Arabia and worked for the prince and his family there and in France.

The alleged abuse occurred in 2008, 2013 and 2015 at the apartment in the posh Neuilly-sur-Seine suburb west of the capital, the paper reported.

Some of the maids were required to sleep on the floor and barely had time to eat while serving the prince's four children.

English | July 6, 2021



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