A federal jury in Atlanta has decided that an Ellenwood couple should pay $365,000 in damages to an African woman they held as a virtual slave in their home for nearly two years.

Audra Dial, managing partner of the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was the lead counsel for plaintiff Thembi Dlamini. Dial said the case is one of just seven federal jury trials in human trafficking cases that have taken place in the United States. The verdict includes compensation for Dlamini’s lost earnings and $400 for every day she was held captive.

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