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US Immigration Raids Saudi Diplomat's Home

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A car pulls into the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2011 (file photo).

A car pulls into the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2011 (file photo).

U.S. officials are investigating a report of human trafficking at a suburban Washington home owned by Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brandon Montgomery says agents removed two possible victims of domestic servitude from a Saudi diplomat's home Tuesday in McLean, Virginia.

The State Department says two women from the Philippines who currently work at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, claim they were mistreated. U.S. authorities acted after a tip to a telephone hotline.

There was no word on an identity of the Saudi diplomat who lived there. The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.

The case is being handled by Homeland Security Investigations, a unit within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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