Georgia judge, deputy accused of enslaving immigrant nanny
A retired judge, a deputy and his wife in Fulton County, Georgia have been indicted and charged with human trafficking of a nanny from India.
Excerpts from a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution follow:
“William Garrett Jr., 72, an Alpharetta lawyer; deputy sheriff Russell Garrett, 43; and Malika Garrett, 42, were charged in a nine-count indictment.”
“Russell and Malika Garrett, who have been married since 1993 and have two children, live in Woodstock. The couple faces charges of human trafficking, alien harboring, witness tampering and making false statements.”
“U.S. Attorney David Nahmias the the nanny, only identified as ‘R.S.’ in the indictment, was subjected to a ‘form of modern day slavery.’ The indictment alleges that after the nanny escaped from the Garretts’ Woodstock home in June 2005, the couple spread vicious rumors about her, including falsely accusing her of theft.”
“Malika Garrett is also charged with making false statements last year to the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department for claiming the nanny should be investigated for possible terrorism, the indictment said.”
“‘This case is an example of alleged domestic servitude of a nanny brought over from India,’ Nahmias said in a statement. ‘This type of abuse is insidious, as it preys upon those who are vulnerable due to their immigration status and unfamiliarity with this country’s legal system.'”
This video is from ABCNews.com, broadcast June 19, 2008.