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18 July 2024

New York woman holds 2 kids as slaves

The neat house, located on a tree-lined street in Queens, gave no clues as to the horrific treatment occurring inside on a daily basis. (Google)


Authorities say a New York City woman kept two South Korean children as slaves in her home for six years.

District Attorney Richard Brown says Queens resident Sook Yeong Park took the sister and brother into her home in 2010 and cut off contact with their parents. The children are now 14 and 16.

Brown says Park seized the children's passports, forced them to do household chores into the night and made them work at a grocery store and turn their earnings over to her.

Park was arraigned Saturday on charges of labour trafficking, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Her attorney did not immediately return a call.

Brown says the abuse came to light when a high school assistant principal noticed bruises on the girl's legs.