UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — An Upper Marlboro couple has been charged with enticing a Filipina woman to the United States and forcing her to work 13-hour days over a decade.

Alfred Edwards, 73, and Gloria Edwards, 60, face a series of forced labor charges. According to a federal indictment, the couple forced the woman to clean, cook, iron and garden for them between 1999 and 2009.

She was allegedly threatened and hit and never paid directly, though a small amount of money was sent to her eight children in the Philippines. The couple also allegedly required her to marry Alfred Edwards’ brother to get a green card.

If convicted, Alfred and Gloria Edwards each face a maximum sentence of up to 50 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. antoinette shorter says:

    OMG,,,I just posted something about williejoe being such a racist negative bigot too and I wonder why my comment didn’t post on here….hmmmmmm????

  2. Love CBS Baltimore! says:

    We (commentors) would like to think that CBS Baltimore is a non-biased, and non-sensored news source that serves the overall good of the public.
    Free speach, right? Not so.
    There are many, many more comments posted, than actually show up on the CBS web pages. In fact, if you are reading “this” post, it means that they have not removed it yet.
    You are not alone, if you wonder “where did my post go?”
    In order to post a comment, I have to write it, highlight and copy it, click out of the comment box, run an “erase program” to remove cookies that this page places on my computer, click back into the comment box, and quickly “paste and submit comment” before their sensoring program has a chance to restore the cookies on my computer and block my comments.
    Why? Because I write comments that CBS does not want on their page (such as this one).
    Whenever you read the comments on here that appear to represent public opinion, bear in mind that the “opinion” you are observing is that of those who sensor the posts and not that of the general public.
    Kinda takes the fun out of it, if you ask me.
    Advertising is the “name of the game” for sites like this one. Pleasing the majority of the readers is the means, by which, they increase ratings and are able to charge more for the advertisement spots on this page. That is why their program “resets” the page every minute “to the top” where your focus is directed to the “next” advertisement, despite the fact that you were reading a lower portion of the page, and now must scroll-down the page again to find your spot, and resume reading again. How annoying is that?
    But don’t assume that this practice is isolated to CBS. On the contrary, they all do this to us. I know of (not one) site that provides “real, and unsensored speach” to its readers. Very sad.

  3. jqp says:

    wow, that has happened to me like 8 times in the last few weeks!

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