A housekeeper is accusing a Korean Buddhist monk and his family of forcing her to work as a "slave" in their New York City home.
The New York Times reports ( http://nyti.ms/qUmRp7) that the lawsuit alleges the family kept the woman a prisoner in their Queens home for 12 years under threat of death.
The suit was filed by Oak-Jin Oh last week in Brooklyn federal court. It names as defendants Soo Bok Choi, a Buddhist monk; two of his brothers; his son and daughter; a niece; and the representative of the estate of his mother, who died in 2009.
The Times says it visited the homes of three of the defendants but efforts to reach them for comment were unsuccessful.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn declined to comment.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com