A Saudi man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for enslaving and sexually assaulting his housekeeper. His defense was that these were basic Muslim behaviors and that he had the right to do them:
Sniffles and sobs resonated in a packed courtroom Thursday as a Saudi man convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life in prison.
Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, was also ordered to serve eight additional years for theft charges.
He denied in Arapahoe County District Court that he enslaved the woman and said authorities targeted him because of his religion.
“Your honor, I am not here to apologize, for I cannot apologize for things I did not do and for crimes I did not commit,” he told Judge Mark Hannen.
“The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors was the focal point of the prosecution,” he said.
Prosecutor Natalie Decker said the trial had nothing to do with Al-Turki’s Muslim beliefs.
“It has to do with what he did to her for five years,” she said outside the courtroom.
Al-Turki was convicted this summer of 12 felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with use of force, one felony count of criminal extortion and one felony count of theft. He also was found guilty of two misdemeanors: false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment.
The case has captured the attention of the Muslim community worldwide. The Saudi government gave Al-Turki the money he needed to post a $400,000 bond on the charges in Arapahoe County.
Prosecutors said Al-Turki brought the victim, who is now 24, from Saudi Arabia in 2000 to work as his family’s nanny and housekeeper in their Aurora home. Al-Turki is married and has five children.
The victim testified in court that she worked seven days a week and was paid $150 a month. She said Al-Turki and his wife kept most of that money. Al-Turki also allegedly took the woman’s passport and sexually abused her.
Al-Turki says sexually assaulting and enslaving a woman are basic Muslim behaviors. So are we to assume that Muslim men all over the US abusing women like this? Where’s the NOW gang? Why aren’t Kim Gandy and Patricia Ireland on TV expressing their outrage? In the sixties and seventies, feminists got their panties in a bunch about what horrible lives American women had because they were homemakers and mothers. Now that they have the chance to do some good by speaking out on real abuse, humiliation, and discrimination by men engaging in “basic Muslim behavior,” they suddenly have nothing to say.
Part of FREEDOM is to respect the customs and culture of others, to accept people the way they are.
The case of brother Homaidan proves one important fact, that American FREEDOM is deviod of MEANING!
It’s a word America keeps repeating on and on but when it comes to application, well, nothing of the sort takes place…
We are all Homaidan? I don’t think so. Freedom is not just for you, Mr. Al-Turki. It is also the right of the woman you enslaved and raped. Instead, you treated her like she was put on this earth for the sole purpose of satisfying every one of your urges.
Good luck in prison. There, you will find a whole different definition of sex slavery.