US couple indicted for forcing Pinay to be maid

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two doctors were sentenced to four years in prison for forcing a woman from the Philippines to be a maid in their home for 19 years.

Jefferson N. Calimlim, 62, and his wife, Elnora, 61, each were sentenced in federal court on Thursday on felony counts of harboring an illegal immigrant for financial gain, conspiracy, forced labor and attempted forced labor The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Their adult son, Jefferson M. Calimlim, 31, was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $ 5,000 on a count of harboring an illegal immigrant.

Prosecutors said the Calimlims kept the maid, Irma Martinez, as a virtual prisoner in their 8,600-square-foot (774-square-meter) home by convincing her if she didn’t work the long hours they demanded for minimal wages, she would be deported.

The defense argued that the Calimlims kept Martinez hidden in their home for her own protection. Martinez agreed to the working conditions because her situation here was better than the life she would have had in the Philippines.

Martinez told U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa that her time with the Calimlims has been a “sweet nightmare.”

“I’m not mad,” she said. “I’m scared. I’m very scared. I’m sorry. I didn’t do any of this. The truth came out, but it did not come from me.”

Randa said the Calimlims must report to prison within 60 days. He hasn’t yet decided on a restitution amount owed to Martinez, but the government has asked that she be paid $ 704,635 in back wages for working at least 15 hours a day, seven days a week.

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