NEW YORK — Two children from South Korea were used as personal slaves by a Queens couple whom their parents trusted.
Sook Yeong Park, 50, and Jeong Taek Lee, 54, abused the brother, who is now 14, and sister, who is now 16, for six years by beating them and forcing them to sleep on a floor or in a closet.
Despite the children’s parents sending money for their care each month, the boy and girl had no choice but to support themselves outside the house – by working at nail salons and grocery stores – in order to pay for their living expenses.
The children’s passports were confiscated by the Queens couple and the siblings were told what to say when their parents were on the phone.
Eventually, the teens spoke out about the abuse to school officials. They have now been reunited with their parents in South Korea.
Park and Lee pleaded guilty to two counts of labor trafficking.
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