Chinese Nanny Beaten, Starved And Kept As Slave By Wealthy Employer

The woman alleges she was held captive and endured beatings, starvation and humiliation after being brought here by her well-to-do Chinese employer. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A beaten and bruised woman was found wandering the streets of a wealthy St. Paul, Minnesota suburb last Thursday by police. After locating a Chinese interpreter, they learned she was a nanny for a wealthy Chinese family that had moved to the area from earlier this year. Her tale of abuse and indentured servitude would shock authorities and residents of the wealthy enclave of Woodbury.

The 58-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, was brought to America by Chinese national Lili Huang, 35. She had worked as a nanny for Huang’s young daughter in Shanghai but after coming to work for the family in America the abuse started. The nanny’s passport was confiscated, she was paid less than $2 an hour and forced to work up to 18 hours a day. She alleges she was fed nothing but scraps and repeatedly beaten by Huang, who ripped out clumps of the woman’s hair and forced her to eat it, as well as making her crawl on all fours like a dog.

After a beating on July 13th when Huang threatened the woman with a knife after she spilled food on the kitchen counter, the nanny fled. She was found by police late into the morning hours that Thursday with two black eyes, multiple broken ribs and a broken sternum. Authorities arrested Lili Huang later that day. During the search, police found a bag of the nanny’s hair she had hidden so she wouldn’t be forced to eat it. Huang is being charged with a number of offenses including human trafficking, false imprisonment and assault. She remains in jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.  

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