Woman accused of enslaving children for 6 years
A woman from Queens is charged with labor trafficking, third-degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child related to accusations that she held two children as slaves for six years.
PIX11 reports Sook Yeong Park, 42, is accused of holding the two children from South Korea as slaves, starting when they were just 9 and 11 years old. District Attorney Richard Brown says Park took the sister and brother into her home in 2010 and cut off contact with their parents. The children are now 14 and 16.
The children hadn’t spoken to their parents in three years, the District Attorney said.
According to the criminal complaint, Park would force the brother and sister to work grueling hours at her home and at a grocery store, from which she’s accused of keeping their earnings. The girl was forced to work after school from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m., the complaint says.
Last week, the assistant principal at the girl’s school noticed bruises on the girl’s legs and asked what happened, police say. The girl told the principal that Park repeatedly kicked her. She said Park also cut off her hair and kicked her in the head.
The assistant principal drove to Park’s house and demanded the children’s passports, PIX 11 reports. The assistant principal also drove to the grocery store to collect the money owed to the brother and sister. School officials called police.
The girl told police she was once forced to give Park a massage for five hours while Park watched television.
Park faces up to seven years in prison.