Nebraska motel managers plead guilty to enslaving immigrant

Federal authorities say two western Nebraska motel managers enslaved an immigrant for more than a year, forcing him to work without pay and abusing him.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 50-year-old Vishnubhai Chaudhari and 44-year-old Leelabahen Chaudhari pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to conspiracy and alien harboring for financial gain.

The two were managers of a Super 8 Motel in Kimball. Officials say they had forced a man from India who was in the U.S. illegally to work for them. A press release from the U.S. Department of Justice alleges Leelabahen Chaudhari regularly assaulted the victim.

The release says a motel guest and local law enforcement eventually helped the man escape. A Justice Department spokesman cited privacy concerns in declining to say what happened to the unnamed victim.

The Chaudharis will be sentenced March 19.

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