Saudi Princess Doesn’t Show for Human Trafficking Hearing

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Saudi royal princess did not appear in court Monday on human trafficking charges, drawing a rebuke from an Orange County judge who said “I expect her to be here” for future hearings.

Meshael Alayban
Meshael Alayban, 42 (credit: Los Angeles Times)

Meshael Alayban, 42, is charged with forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant, toiling long hours for little pay.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gerald Johnston said he was concerned that the princess did not show up in court, but could not find anything in the court record to indicate that her presence for the hearing had been ordered.

Her arraignment — when she is expected to enter a plea — was pushed back to Sept. 20.

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