Former U.S. diplomat from during the Obama-era, Linda Howard, an American citizen, and her late husband, Australian native Russell Howard were found guilty this week for enslaving and trafficking their Ethiopian housekeeper. Linda Howard was ordered to pay $3 million in damages to the now 30-year-old woman.  The victim is now a resident of Virginia and is identified only Sarah Roe.

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This marks the second time the former diplomat has been found guilty of these very same charges against another Ethiopian housekeeper back in 2008.  They were ordered to pay her $3.3 million. However, rather than pay the judgment as ordered the couple fled Arlington, Virginia to Australia.  The Howards contested the judgment from down under and the case was settled in 2015 after being upheld by the Supreme Court of Victoria.  

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Howard was an employee of the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton during the Obama administration serving at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen. Roe was promised a monthly salary of $150 as well as visa help, medical treatment, support for her daughter, and the opportunity to follow the family to Linda Howard’s next post.

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The Howards insisted that Roe move in with the family and sell all her possessions in Yemen. Linda told Roe her job was to keep Russell Howard “happy” while Linda was at work.

The court documents detail Roe’s ordeal in how she was terrorized and repeatedly raped repeatedly raped by the U.S. diplomat’s husband at Tokyo embassy and ‘forced to perform oral sex’ on numerous occasions. She was also made to work 80 hours a week or more, 7 days a week, all for less than $1.00 an hour. Her passport was taken from her and she was repeatedly threatened with deportation according to the complaint.

Roe eventually fled on foot in the middle of the night wearing only the clothes on her back.  She sought asylum at a women’s shelter in Tokyo and the shelter, in turn, reported the abuse to US Embassy officials.  Months later, as the State Department was investigating the woman’s claims, Russell Howard flew to her home in Ethiopia and searched for her, court papers state.  He also had false charges filed against her in Ethiopia in a concerted effort to intimidate and force her back into the Howards’ servitude and maintain her silence.

Despite all of these allegations, Linda Howard was not removed from her position with the state department until 2013.

Yet the mainstream media continues to portray President Donald Trump as an enemy and predator of women….

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