09/08/2012 07:11 pm ET

Embassy Employee To Pay $3.3 Million In Sex Slavery Case

An American couple who lived in Japan while the wife worked for the U.S. government has been ordered to pay $3.3 million for subjecting their Ethiopian housekeeper to sexual slavery.

Russell and Linda Howard moved to Tokyo in 2008 and asked the plaintiff “Jane Doe” to come with them from Yemen as their housecleaner, promising “Doe” a salary increase, a day off each week, health insurance, travel home on vacations and a safe place to live and work. Instead, she was “raped, sexually abused and forced to work 80 hours or more per week,” according to the Sept. 4 decision by Alexandria U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady. Doe testified that Linda Howard told Doe she should gratify Russell and make him happy.

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