Nightmare in New Jersey: Woman Sues After Child Enslavement

Nightmare in New Jersey: Woman Sues After Child Enslavement

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 Nightmare in New Jersey: Woman Sues After Child Enslavement


A woman from Guyana who was brought to the United States at age 14 alleges that her childhood was a nightmare of sexual abuse and sadistic torture—and that police in the New Jersey community of Englewood Cliffs refused to investigate.   Bibi Kahn says that she was tortured for over 10 years by a man and his wife in their home.

Kahn, who was trafficked from her native country of Guyana, was used both as household labor and a sex slave by the couple, who allegedly molested her and took videotape involving acts of sexual sadism.  According to Kahn, at the time when the man in the couple was on his deathbed, he  confessed to his criminal activities and released the videotapes to Kahn.

In 2010, Kahn was arrested for extortion.  According to court documents, an elderly woman—who Kahn says was the woman involved in keeping her in sexual servitude—was blackmailed by Kahn.  Police say that Kahn demanded $500,000 in exchange for not releasing compromising video and audio of the woman's husband engaged in sexually sadistic acts with the underage immigrant girl.

When taken into custody on extortion charges, Kahn alleged that she had been abused repeatedly by the couple, only to have the Englewood Cliffs Police Department refuse to follow up about the issue.  According to the lawsuit Kahn has filed in federal court against the police department, the couple the police refused to investigate were donors to the policemen's benevolent association.

Although Kahn claimed she had been sexually mistreated for over a decade and had detailed knowledge of the inside of the house where she alleged the abuses had taken place.  This knowledge included details like specific alarm codes, which could have been followed up on relatively easily, but police did not investigate whether this knowledge was accurate.  Instead, after the woman claimed to never have seen Kahn before the extortion attempt, police simply had Kahn arrested.

Because of these criminal charges, Kahn now faces deportation.  Her lawyer says that Kahn was a victim, rather than a perpetrator, and should not have to return to Guyana, a nation she has not traveled to since she was a young teenager.  She is now suing the Englewood Cliffs police department for damages of $75,000 to compensate for the pain and suffering that was caused by their refusal to investigate her allegations.



Source: uscourts.gov, northjersey.com

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