In a joint statement, James R. Sellinger, United States Attorney for New Jersey and Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke announced that a South Jersey couple has been charged with forcing two undocumented immigrants into slavery.

The federal law enforcement duo announced that Bolaji Bolarinwa physically abused the couple and used the tactic of threatening to report them if they didn’t follow their orders.

Bolarinwa, "knew that both victims had entered the United States illegally and harbored them from detection for her own financial gain," according to the statement.

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To further enslave them, Bolarina also took control of their passports and visas, the statement says.

Isiaka Bolarinwa, (Bolaji‘s husband) “participated in the scheme and financially benefitted from the victims’ forced labor," said Sellinger and Clarke.

Bolaji and Isiaka Bolarinwa, both from Burlington County, New Jersey have been charged with:

Forced labor.

Other crimes.

The indictments have been returned by a grand jury in United States District Court in Camden, New Jersey.

Sellinger and Clarke acknowledged the following for their assistance:

  • Special Agents from the FBI's Newark Field Office
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of Sellinger's office in Camden.
  • Trial Attorneys Elizabeth Hutson and Vasantha Rao of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

SOURCES: James R. Sellinger, United States Attorney for New Jersey and Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke.

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