Three charged in case of human trafficking

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."