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US jails Egypt pair for slavery
Two Egyptians have been jailed by a US court after pleading guilty to enslaving a 10-year-old Egyptian girl at their south California home.

Abdel Nasser Ibrahim was given three years in prison while his ex-wife, Amal Motelib, received a 22-month sentence.

They were also ordered to pay more than $76,000 (40,500) to the girl for two years of forced labour during which she served the couple's family of seven.

She worked 16-hour days and was denied access to education, prosecutors said.

Ibrahim and Motelib will be deported after serving their sentences, officials said.

"The young victim in this case was subject to inhumane conditions that included both physical and verbal abuse," US Attorney Debra Wong Yang said.

The girl, who is now 16, has been granted a visa allowing her to stay in the US.

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