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It’s Not Slavery; It’s a Job!

housekeeper.jpgHave you ever had one of those no-good lousy housekeepers who can’t make the fucking bed like you like it (prison style) and who, no matter how many times you tell them, neglect to dust the plant leaves? I mean, damn: That’s what we’re paying them $.75 an hour for, right?

And the real injustice here is that, when a couple of millionaires (Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani and his wife, Varsha Mahender Sabhnani) treat their housekeepers like they deserve to be treated (indentured servants), they get punished, brought up on charges, and thrown into the clink for up to 40 years. Ridiculous!

Prosecutors called it a case of “modern-day slavery.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lesko said in closing arguments the poorly educated women worked as housekeepers for $100 or $150 a month — all of which was sent to their relatives back home.
Lesko said the women, known only as Samirah and Enung, were subjected to “punishment that escalated into a cruel form of torture” that ended when one of the women fled on Mother’s Day.
Allegations of abuse included beatings with brooms and umbrellas, slashings with knives, being made to repeatedly climb stairs and take freezing cold showers as punishment for misdeeds that included sleeping late or stealing food from trash bins because they were poorly fed.
Samirah, the woman who fled the house in May, said she was forced to eat dozens of chili peppers and then was forced to eat her own vomit when she failed to digest the peppers, prosecutors said.
“This did not happen in the 1800s,” Lesko said. “This happened in the 21st century.”
Enung testified that Samirah’s nude body once was covered in plastic wrapping tape on orders from Varsha Sabhnani, who then instructed Enung to rip it off. “When I pulled it off, she was screaming,” the housekeeper said through an interpreter before breaking down in tears on the witness stand.

You know what? If you’re desperate enough to eat from the trash bins, you ought not complain when you’re given (delicious) chili peppers or regurgitated left-overs for dinner. Those are calories, you know? Housekeepers never appreciate anything — and the plastic wrapping tape?! That was just an Indonesian wax. Ungrateful wenches.

Pshaw! What kind of world do we live in when we can’t torture the help? This is America, damnit.