An Indian woman who went to Australia in 2007 to work for a couple in Melbourne was found by paramedics in 2015 shivering in a pool of her own urine, with a 28.5 degree temperature and weighing only 40KG according to ABC news.
The case is now before the court where it is alleged that her employers, a husband and wife with three children did not pay the woman for looking after their children, cooking the family meals and doing the laundry.
Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“Each of them exercised such a degree of control over fundamental rights and freedoms … as to constitute a state of slavery,” Prosecutor Mr Maidment said.
The Indian woman’s family tried to get in contact but requests to return the woman to her family were allegedly met by the couple with hostility, with the wife allegedly saying in one email: “Get f***ed”.
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