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Trafficking case against Saudi princess dismissed

September 20, 2013 • Business


Attorney Paul Meyer, left, for Saudi Princess Meshael Alayban stands outside court after her arraignment in a Santa Ana court on Friday Sept. 20, 2013. Prosecutors on Friday dropped a human-trafficking case that was brought against Alayban, a Saudi princess this summer after a Kenyan maid alleged her passport had been taken away and she had been forced to work long hours for meager pay. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, Pool)

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A human-trafficking charge against a Saudi princess was abruptly dismissed Friday after prosecutors were unable to support claims by a Kenyan maid who said she had to escape from her employer’s condominium after having her passport taken and being forced to work long hours for meager pay.

The announcement came during what had been expected to be the arraignment of Meshael Alayban, 42, on the felony charge punishable by up to 12 years in prison.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told the judge that investigators tried to Login to read more

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