Saudi Arabia officially abolished slavery, but its labor practices are largely indistinguishable from slavery. High-ranking Saudis in America have been charged with slavery before.
But now a Saudi diplomatic compound in Virginia has run afoul of the Emancipation Proclamation.
On the 6000 block of Orris street in McLean is the mansion, said to be home of the Saudi military attaché. It was raided yesterday by federal agents from homeland security investigations and ICE. It was at this compound that federal agents claim to have rescued two women.
The women are believed to be from the Philippines. A source close to the investigation tells WUSA9 they both speak English and they were in the U.S. legally with passports indicating they may have been here to do domestic work.
Neighbors we spoke are in awe of the allegations coming out of this compound. Even a catering crew who showed up to work a dinner party here seemed surprised. “If I would have known I wasn’t gonna go anyways.”
The story is still developing, but it appears that the slave raid began when one of the women managed to escape from the compound.
One woman reportedly tried to flee by squeezing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing.
The compound featuring three security gates, a guard shack and security staff on foot patrol is owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to Fairfax County real estate records. A man outside the gates who said he works for the embassy told News4 the homeowner was at the embassy Wednesday, and vehicles driven in and out of the gates had diplomatic license plates.
Considering the power of the Saudi lobby, the odds are not good that anyone involved will be punished. Local authorities might crack down, but the Feds answer to Obama Inc. Diplomatic immunity can be waived, but the Saudis won’t be waiving it.
Two slaves of the House of Saud escaped. Millions more still suffer.