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Saudi princess arrested for human trafficking in California

Meshael Alayban is one of the wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

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A Saudi princess has been arrested in California in a case of human trafficking. Image shows Amnesty International activists wearing T-shirts reading 'end modern slavery' protest against human trafficking in Athens. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

A Saudi princess has been arrested for human trafficking in Southern California.

42-year-old Meshael Alayban allegedly held a Kenyan domestic worker against her will and forced her to work in the princess' condominium in Irvine.

Alayban is one of the wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

The Los Angeles Times reported the 30-year-old Kenyan woman said she was forced to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month and that her passport had been confiscated.

She was due in court for arraignment Thursday on one count of human trafficking after being charged a day earlier.

Alayban was arrested after the woman fled the condo, boarded a bus and went to the police, who later searched the princess' home.

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At the home, authorities found four other women who said their documents had been taken, all of whom also wanted to leave their current situation.

On Wednesday, a judge set Alayban's bail at $5 million, banned her from fleeing the country, and ordered her to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Alayban's attorney Paul Meyer said the case was a "domestic work hours dispute."

"This is not a contract dispute," District Attorney Tony Rackauckas responded. "This is holding someone captive against their will."

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