Slavery in America
Article Last Updated: 8/31/2006 07:09 PM
denver & the west | aurora
Slavery case nets 28-year sentence
By Kieran Nicholson
Denver Post Staff Writer
A Saudi Arabian man convicted of sexual assault and keeping a woman enslaved in his Aurora home was sentenced today to 28 years to life in prison.
Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, a linguistics doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was sentenced to 20 years to life on 12 of counts of unlawful sexual contact and 8 years for theft.
Al-Turki was also sentenced for criminal extortion, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment, but those sentences are concurrent to the 28 year to life sentence.
He was convicted in June of keeping a 24-year-old Indonesian woman as a slave in the family home, forcing her to cook and clean and take care of the family and their five children with little pay. Prosecutors say Al-Turki eventually intimidated the woman into sex acts that culminated in her rape in late 2004.
Staff writer Kieran Nicholson can be reached at 303-954-1822 or email@example.com.