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Today's The New York Post brings news about a federal lawsuit brought against Rose and Lawrence Halsey by a former worker claiming indentured servitude between 2005 and 2008. The suit alleges that although the Halseys hired Ni Ketut Sulastri to work at their Water Mill home business for $450 a month, 9-to-5 hours, room and board and permanent legal status, she soon found herself working 15 hour days, earning only $350 a month, living in a closet and being fed only leftovers and hot dogs. The suit also claims that the couple required her to hand over her passport, barred her from calling home, and told her she would have to pay them $3,000 if she left. When she complained, her employers allegedly told her, "Nothing is free in America." [NY Post]