2 workers removed from Saudi-owned Va. residence

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Posted: May 02, 2013 11:36 AM

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Immigration officials have removed two domestic workers from a northern Virginia home owned by the government of Saudi Arabia as they investigate a report of human trafficking.

Agents went to the home in McLean on Tuesday night, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brandon Montgomery said Thursday. Fairfax County police were called in to help.

Montgomery said the investigation is in the early stages and the focus is on working with any potential victims. The two women who were removed from the home Tuesday are from the Philippines, Montgomery said, but there has been no formal determination that they needed to be rescued.

According to real estate records, the home is owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces Office.

A representative of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia could not be reached for comment immediately Thursday. A guard at the gated home, near the CIA headquarters in Langley, waved off a request to speak to residents there Thursday morning.