A Saudi royal princess, Meshael Alayban, 42, did not appear in court Monday on human trafficking charges, drawing a rebuke from an Orange County judge who said “I expect her to be here” for future hearings. Alayban is charged with forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant, toiling long hours for little pay, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Her attorneys said that “The nannies traveled to the U.S. on $10,000 first-class tickets, along with the family,” they said in a statement. “These women had cell phones, Internet, Facebook, and the family even bought cable in their native language for them. They enjoyed full use of the spa, gym and pool and were often dropped off to shop alone at neighborhood malls, all paid for by the family,” according to NBC News.
ange County Superior Court Judge Gerald Johnston said he was concerned that the princess did not show up in court, but could not find anything in the court record to indicate that her presence for the hearing had been ordered. Her arraignment — when she is expected to enter a plea — was pushed back to Sept. 20, according to KTLA.
Alayban is one of six wives to a grandson of the king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. She came to the U.S. with her three children on a vacation visa and has been in Irvine since at least May, officials said, according to NBC News.