Restaurant Owner in Santa Clarita Valley Accused of Holding Cook As a Slave for 3 Years

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A Santa Clarita Valley restaurant owner has been arrested after an employee told investigators he endured three years of slavery, authorities said.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department provided this image of Pardeep Kumar, 47,  who was arrested on suspicion of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, involuntary servitude and human trafficking.

L.A. County Sheriff's Department provided this image of Pardeep Kumar, 47, who was arrested on suspicion of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, involuntary servitude and human trafficking.

Pardeep Kumar, 47, is accused of forcing one of his cooks to work seven days a week, about 12 to 14 hours each day, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

When the cook made mistakes, Kumar would physically assault him, sheriff’s officials said.

The employee, whose identity was not released, was barred from contact with the outside world, and he allegedly was forced to live in Kumar’s Newhall home.

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