Federal authorities are looking into a case of human trafficking involving a Washington based Saudi diplomat.
State department sources tell CNN two women from the Philippines who work for the diplomat contacted their embassy for help. The women claim their passports and pay were held.
CNN has reached out to the Saudi embassy but they are not commenting.
The State Department says human rights violations against laborers and domestic hostage is common in Saudi Arabia. That means "involuntary servitude, including restrictions on movement, withholding of passports, threats, physical or sexual abuse, and non-payment of wages."
Tom Foreman has the story.