- French prosecutors have launched a human trafficking investigation into allegations against a Saudi prince.
- Seven women who used to work for the prince say they were forced to work in modern-day slavery conditions.
- The women worked for the prince’s family between 2008 and 2015 in both Saudi Arabia and a suburb of Paris.
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A Saudi Arabian prince has been accused of carrying out acts of modern-day slavery by seven women who worked as maids in his apartment outside Paris.
French prosecutors have launched a human trafficking investigation into the allegations, the prosecutors’ office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre told AFP.
A source told AFP that the women, who are mostly from the Philippines, said they were recruited in Saudi Arabia and worked for the prince’s family between 2008 and 2015 in both Saudi Arabia and in the Neuilly-sur-Seine suburb of Paris.
The women, who escaped employment while on a trip in France and filed a complaint in 2019, told investigators they were required to sleep on the floor, worked almost nonstop, and went hungry because they had little time to eat, according to French publication RFI.
The Saudi prince involved in the allegations has not been publicly named.
Prosecutors heard testimony from the former employees last month, but the prince has not been questioned, a source told AFP.