NM hotel owners plead guilty in nanny slaves case

March 21, 2012 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The owners of a New Mexico hotel have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting illegal immigrants.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Elina Sihombing and her 55-year-old husband David Girle were arrested last May [auth] after two nannies claimed they were enslaved and brought to the U.S. from Indonesia.

The two women claim they were forced for years to work long hours at the couple’s home and Las Cruces hotel without pay.

Authorities say Sihombing and Girle admitted to housing one of the women from March 2007 to January 2010 and the other from December 2008 to January 2010.

Under their plea agreements, Sihombing and Girle agreed to pay $7,800 in restitution to the nannies.

The couple could each could get up to six months in prison when they’re sentenced to a later date.

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