UAE military officer studying in Newport indicted on human-trafficking charge

Katie Mulvaney
The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — A United Arab Emirates military officer attending the Naval War College in Newport is being accused of lying to a Filipino woman to persuade her to come to Rhode Island to care for his five children and clean his house and then failing to pay her.

A federal grand jury indicted Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al-Ali, 46, on a human-trafficking charge, alleging he induced the woman to come to the United States and forced her to work seven days a week, until midnight, without pay at the house he rents in East Greenwich.

In addition, he was indicted on a charge that he provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with false documents indicating he paid the woman $19,000, when he had not.

Al-Ali, who’s attending a yearlong program that ends July 10, pleaded not guilty to the felony charges in U.S. District Court Tuesday. Magistrate Judge Lincoln D. Almond released him on personal recognizance and restricted his travel to Rhode Island, except for Navy programs.

As part of the woman’s visa application, Al-Ali signed a contract agreeing to pay the 38-year-old $1,600 a month to work up to 40 hours a week, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Rogers told the court. Instead, from June to October 2010, she worked until midnight seven days a week cleaning the two-story colonial, caring for the five children and even washing the family cars, she said.

Al-Ali took away her passport, told her not to talk to people outside of the family and banned her from attending religious services, Rogers said. He warned her not to escape. The woman did and is now in hiding, she said…

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At Gates of Vienna, Culturally Enriched Slavery at the Naval War College

…yet another instance of an Arab master who imported a Filipina maid into the USA and then turned her into a slave. Interestingly enough, the officer in question has been released on his own recognizance and is still allowed to attend classes at the Naval War College.

Although there’s no mention of it in the article, if this case is like the vast majority of other Arab-Filipina slavery cases, the guy was also sexually abusing his “maid”.

Notice that the incident has a Mohammed Coefficient of 200% — the alleged perp is a double-Mo…

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