Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Texas: Muslim migrant couple convicted of keeping girl as slave for 16 years
A couple who enslaved a West African girl at their home in Texas for 16 years have been convicted by a federal jury.
Mohamed Touré, the son of Guinea’s 1st president Ahmed Sékou Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Toure arranged for the child to travel to the US when she was only 5 years old.
They forced her to cook, clean and look after their biological children without pay, beat and whipped her and called her a "dog" and a "slave".
The girl eventually managed to escape from the house in Southlake with the help of concerned neighbours in 2016.
Touré and his wife now face a maximum of 20 years in prison after being found guilty of forced labour, conspiracy to commit alien harbouring and alien harbouring.
The Department of Justice said Touré and his wife were from "powerful, wealthy and politically connected families in Guinea" while their victim was "uneducated, impoverished and from a small, rural village".
When the girl’s mom learned the couple had arranged to bring her to the US in January 2000, she unsuccessfully attempted to hide the child.
Once in Texas the couple isolated the girl and prevented her from going to school – unlike their own kids, some of whom were around the same age. Whenever she disobeyed or didn't satisfy the couple’s demands she was physically and verbally abused to maintain her compliance.
The punishments included being whipped with an electrical cord, being hosed down with water in public and being thrown out of the house and forced to sleep alone in a nearby park
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