FORT WORTH, Texas – A Texas woman was convicted of forcing two undocumented immigrants to be her slaves for 14 years.
Last week, a federal jury convicted Olga Murra, 64, of labor trafficking two women who she illegally brought into the U.S. from Mexico and forced them, with threat of serious harm and physical restraint, to work for her without pay, a news release from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated.
From September 1997 to April 29, 2011, Murra allegedly kept the women at her various residences in El Paso and Fort Worth and held their identification documents, officials say.
Murra, who operated a house-cleaning business, forced the two women to work for her business.
Both women cleaned three to four homes per day up to seven days per week, ICE said in a press release.
They were also forced to clean Murra’s home and prepare meals for her.
Neither woman was paid for the work.
Authorities say that Murra claimed to be the voice of God on earth and even made the women listen to religious recordings of herself reading the Bible while they were working.
Officials say Murra convinced both women that if they did not obey her, they would go to hell.
She also reportedly told one of the women that if she disobeyed, she would contact immigration and that the woman would be buried in a field with other illegal aliens.
Officials say that the women were required to ask for permission to use the bathroom and were made to sleep on the floor.
Murra was convicted on two felony counts of forced labor and two felony counts of harboring an illegal alien.
Each forced labor count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Each harboring count carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Her sentencing is set for Nov. 28.