UPDATE: Couple That Kept Modern-Day Slave For 19 Years Deported

UPDATED Friday, June 15, 2012 --- 11:50 a.m.


MILWAUKEE — Two husband-and-wife doctors from Brookfield, who kept a Filipina domestic servant in their home as a virtual slave for nearly 20 years, were deported this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Jefferson Calimlim Sr., 67, and his wife Elnora, 66, both former medical doctors in Milwaukee, were deported June 12th from the United States under ICE escort, arriving in Manila on June 14th.

The Calimlims were convicted May 2006 for forcing a woman to work under conditions of servitude for nearly two decades in their Brookfield home.

The Calimlims were sentenced to six years in federal prison on human trafficking charges, and ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution to the victim.

On Dec. 7, 2010, a federal immigration judge in Chicago ordered the Calimlims removed to the Philippines after they complete their prison sentences. On June 1st, the Calimlims were released from the Bureau of Prisons and turned over to ICE to be deported.

During a federal jury trial in Milwaukee, it was determined that the Calimlims recruited and brought the victim from the Philippines to work for them in 1985 when she was 19 years old. In September 2004, HSI special agents, with assistance from the FBI and the Brookfield police, rescued the then 38-year-old victim from the Calimlim’s residence after receiving a tip that the doctors were keeping a maid in their basement as an indentured servant. The victim was found hiding behind the door in a basement closet.


Thursday, October 2, 2008 --- 10:50 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Filipino woman who was allegedly enslaved in a suburban Milwaukee home for 19 years as a maid and nanny is suing the family for damages.

Forty-two-year-old Irma Martinez filed a federal lawsuit last week against Jefferson N. and Elnora Calimlim and their three adult children, Jefferson, Christopher and Christina.

The suit alleges that the Brookfield family kept her a virtual prisoner in their 8,600-square-foot home by threatening to deport her if she didn't work the long hours they demanded for minimal wages.

Jefferson N. and Elnora Calimlim are serving four-year prison terms after being convicted in 2006 of charges relating to the case.

A message left for a family attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

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