Authorities investigating possible human trafficking at Saudi-owned home in McLean

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Special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are investigating the possibility that two women were treated as indentured servants at a McLean home owned by the government of Saudi Arabia, officials said.

The women, who are from the Philippines, were removed from the home in the 6000 block of Orris Street late Tuesday afternoon after they reached out to police. Investigators are still interviewing the women, and charges had not yet been filed against any suspects Thursday afternoon, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brandon Montgomery.

The woman came to the United States legally to work at the house, Montgomery said. They have not alleged sexual abuse, but investigators are looking into whether they are the victims of human trafficking.

Montgomery said that generally, human trafficking victims could be overworked, physically abused or they could have poor living conditions. Victims could also have had their passports and visas taken away from them so that they cannot escape.

"The idea is that you're held against your will," Montgomery said.

Property records list the house's owner as Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces Office.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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