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Lawsuit accuses Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi of slave labor, human trafficking

May 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawsuit accuses Mexican pop singer Gloria Trevi of slave labor, human trafficking

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A lawsuit is accusing Mexican pop star, Gloria Trevi and her attorney-husband, of working a domestic of slave labor and human trafficking

Court documents were filed in the Federal District Court of South Texas on Tuesday. The documents allege that Trevi (whose real name is Gloria de Los Ángeles Treviño Ruiz), her husband Armando Gomez, and a third person broke federal labor and human trafficking laws by violating the rights of Maria DeJesus Galeana-Sanchez.

According to court papers obtained by mySA.com, Galeana-Sanchez is a Mexican national who worked as the couple’s domestic servant at their home in McAllen, Texas, seeks punitive damages, unpaid wages, as well coverage of all court costs and attorney fees.

The lawsuit states that Trevi and her husband obtained a visa for Galeana-Sanchez to come and work for them in the United States.

Court records indicate that the defendant was employed by the couple from October 2013 to April 2014, which she claims that the singer and her husband paid her a salary of 5,000 pesos every two weeks.

Based on a rate of exchange, the amount equals to approximately a $385 biweekly paycheck, which averages out to much less than the $7.25 minimum wage required under federal law, according to the lawsuit.

The woman further claims that throughout the course of her employment that she worked 120 hours per week without being paid for the hours she worked.

If the woman had been paid minimum wage, based on the hours she worked, the paycheck should have totaled to $1,740 every two weeks.

Galeana-Sanchez also claims in the suit that the defendants took the servant’s passport, preventing her from leaving or proving her legal status.

“The Plaintiff was brought to the United States under false promises of fair pay and humane treatment … Defendants knowingly and willingly deceived and lured Plaintiff,” the lawsuit states with regards to the violation of the TVPRA.

“The Defendants engaged Plaintiff in human trafficking in violation of the TVPRA, including forced labor and involuntary servitude, peonage, and slavery.”

According to Trevi’s biography, her career was severely damaged after allegations surfaced of corrupting minors, kidnapping, and sexual abuse.

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