Davidson Salon Owner Convicted Of Forced Labor

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina nail salon owner was convicted of forcing labor from one of her workers.

A news release Friday from the Charlotte-based U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Thuy Tien Luong, 37, was convicted of forced labor of a nail technician at her Davidson salon, which is a felony.

Thuy Luong – Federal

The news release said that evidence showed Luong forced labor from the victim from 2016 to 2018 through assaults, threats to ruin her reputation and claiming the victim owed her a debt of $180,000.

“Luong often treated the victim in a humiliating and demeaning fashion, all while having her work 10 hours a day for 6 to 7 days a week,” prosecutors said in the release.

The victim feared Luong but finally reported her to local authorities after what prosecutors described as a particularly violent beating in 2018, according to the release.

A sentencing date has not been set. Luong faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

A defense attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Saturday.