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Princess arrested in Calif. on human trafficking charge

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities say the consulate of Saudi Arabia has posted the $5 million bail of a Saudi princess charged with human trafficking, Meshael Alayban, and she was released from custody Thursday.

Orange County Sheriff Department Lieutenant Jeff Hallock said Friday that the consulate delivered a $5 million check to the department.

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The 42-year-old Alayban was arrested for allegedly holding a Kenyan maid against her will and forcing her to work long hours for meager pay.

The case is the first labor trafficking case prosecuted in Orange County since voters approved a law last year to stiffen the penalties for the crime.

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