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Workers at Bel-Air mansion claim they were trafficked to U.S. via Middle East

Workers at Bel-Air mansion claim they were trafficked to U.S. via Middle East

Three women from the Philippines have filed a lawsuit against Ray Irani, the former chief executive of Occidental Petroleum Corp., and his wife Ghada, alleging the couple underpaid and overworked them at their Bel-Air mansion, and that two of the women were trafficked into the U.S. via Qatar and effectively confined at the couple's home.

In a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the women claim that the work at the Iranis' eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom home — such as cleaning, preparing food and performing massages and manicures — was grueling, and some workdays lasted up to 16 hours.

Two of the women started at a fixed salary of $1,200 per...

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