Three charged in case of human trafficking

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ATLANTA --- Officials say a part-time Fulton County magistrate, his deputy sheriff son and daughter-in-law are accused of luring a nanny from India and forcing her to work in their home without pay.

Officials say 72-year-old William D. Garrett Jr., of Alpharetta, Forsyth County Deputy Russell Garrett and Malika Garrett, of Woodstock, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including human trafficking, alien harboring and witness tampering.

U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias said Wednesday that the three conspired to lure the woman to the U.S. in 2003 to work as a nanny for the younger Garretts' children. But they later made her work for up to 16 hours a day while threatening to have her jailed and deported, Mr. Nahmias said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III set bond at $10,000 each for the two men, who were both released. Ms. Garrett, a naturalized citizen with family members abroad, was released on a $50,000 bond secured by equity in the couple's home.

All three were forbidden to discuss the case to neighbors, who might be called as witnesses. They were also told not to speak with the nanny, identified only as RS in the indictment.

Their attorney, Manny Arora, denied the charges. He said the nanny was free to go at any time and even went out dancing.

"We're very disappointed that an indictment was sought in this case," Mr. Arora said. "I'm certain the U.S. Attorney's Office believes it was acting in the best interest of the public, but they're wrong."

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Give credit where due
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Give credit where due 06/19/08 - 06:10 am
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If this woman was forced to

If this woman was forced to work 16 hours per day , I doubt she had the energy to go out dancing. Where do these crooked politicians get off thinking they are above the law ? They should be made to pay her thriple the amount she is owed as well as serve time in jail . To treat someone,anyone... like this is cruel.

Tigger
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Tigger 06/19/08 - 06:13 am
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slavery in 2008 ! but all

slavery in 2008 !
but all three in jail for life!!!!
what a travesty.

Reality
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Reality 06/19/08 - 07:06 am
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Just because someone makes an

Just because someone makes an accusation doesn't make it true....I am sure she will be offered to stay in the US ...........

stillamazed
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stillamazed 06/19/08 - 07:06 am
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If this is indeed true they

If this is indeed true they need to be in jail for life!!! Once more a public figure thinking they are above the law,

christian134
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christian134 06/19/08 - 07:52 am
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This is not new crimes

This is not new crimes against women but one of the oldest around...Women have been seen as property in all nations and races and it has been allowed to flourish with little media coverage...It is a plight that needs to be attended to with all the resources this nation can give...But as long as greed, lusts, corruption and power are a way of life for many across the planet this problem will not cease in fact it will continue unchecked until the day of the Lord....

justus4
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justus4 06/19/08 - 08:20 am
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10.000 bond!? Must not think
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10.000 bond!? Must not think much of this human.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 06/19/08 - 10:15 am
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Hmmmmmmm I could use a
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Hmmmmmmm I could use a housekeeper.......

keasha
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keasha 06/19/08 - 02:05 pm
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Might be guilty, might not. I

Might be guilty, might not. I was always taught that the DA and law enforcement had to determine if charges could be brought.
Don't personally know William Garret, but I know OF him. He's a
"pillar" of old Alpharetta, has his own law firm and other lawyers in with him. Would you risk all that for your son to have a housekeeper? Hopefully, the Chronicle will let us know what happens even if they were falsely accused. And if they are guilty, I hope they all receive the maximum penalty. No one should be held against their will, just as people have a right to have their names cleared if not guilty.

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Fiat_Lux 06/20/08 - 07:36 am
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It doesn't sound like she was

It doesn't sound like she was locked up, starved or totured, but rather required to work long hours and not paid enough. They fed her and gave her a place to live, and it doesn't appear anyone was forcing her to have sex. She should have looked for another position and sued the Garret clan for back wages and breach of contract. Human trafficking as a charge makes a lot more sense when it refers to women and children snatched up and sold as sex slaves. Meanwhile, I'll wait for evidence.

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