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Woman sentenced in Dominican forced labor case

July 29, 2014

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic say a Chinese woman has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $30,000 in compensation to a 22-year-old victim of forced labor.

Xiomei Huang Chou and fugitive Jose Chung Ng were accused of keeping the unidentified victim locked up and forcing her work for free in a restaurant near the capital. Prosecutor Jonathan Baro said Tuesday that the couple brought the woman over from China in early 2013 and confiscated her passport and other documents upon her arrival.

It is the first time a Dominican court has awarded compensation in a forced labor case.

Authorities say the victim spent two weeks recovering at a health center after being rescued.

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