Georgia judge, deputy accused of enslaving immigrant nanny

By David Edwards
Thursday, June 19, 2008 12:42 EDT
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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.

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David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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