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Sugar Cookie

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A couple has been charged with forced labor of a domestic servant after they brought a young girl from West Africa into their Texas home and kept her captive for 16 years.

Southlake couple Mohamed Toure and Denise Florence Cros-Toure, both 57, arranged for the young girl to travel solo from The Republic of Guinea to their home when she was just five years old.

Thereafter they forced her into 16 years of cooking, cleaning, and caring for their children until she escaped, according to the affidavit.

The couple made their first appearance in court in Fort Worth on Thursday and they may face up to 20 years in prison each for their crime.

Without speaking a word of English, the young girl had no place to turn when she came to the US and was forced to work for the couple, tending to their yard work, painting, laundry, and child rearing.

The young girl lived in darkness for 16 years without any pay or the chance to go to school, according to federal prosecutors.

The couple even took the young girl's documents, according to the affidavit, which led her to remain illegal in the US after her visa expired.

After years of physical and emotional abuse and suppression, the girl was finally able to escape, leading to the couple's arrest.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5662093/Couple-arrested-brought-girl-home-Africa-forced-16-years-servitude.html
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McDanel

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Wait, how does this even happen? 5 years old unattended on an international flight, being picked up by noncustodial persons?
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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The kids didn't know there was a slave nanny in the house? Bullshit. :mad:
It was normal life to them. I bet the parents who enslaved this girl had a slave child of their own growing up. Were they going to deny their own child the same advantages they enjoyed in the home country.
No. They found some people willing to give up [sell] a child for a new "opportunity" in a new land.
What proportion of these modern household slaves are female?
In the USA it may be harder to keep a male captive. But it's Damn hard for both sexes in countries where slavery has never stopped.
When I hear about a certain type of high school or college students whine about being oppressed, I'd love for them to live in a household like this and see what it is really like to be ground down and abused. Effn wusses.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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A Texas couple accused of enslaving a girl they brought from the Republic of Guinea for 16 years has been indicted on federal charges.

Mohamed Toure and Denise Florence Cros-Toure, both 57, were arrested on suspicion of forced labor on April 26, and were indicted by a grand jury in Fort Worth on Wednesday.

They were charged with forced labor, harboring an alien for financial gain, and two counts of conspiracy. Toure faces an additional charge for making false statements to federal agents, claiming he attempted to adopt the girl, according to Dallas News.

They are the son and daughter-in-law of former Guinean President Ahmed Sekou Toure, and Cros-Toure's father was the nation's secretary of state.

The wealthy Southlake couple arranged for the unnamed victim to travel to the US when she was aged at least five but possibly as old as 13, from her rural Guinean village in 2000.

She's now in her late 20s or early 30s.

Toure and Cros-Toure were both Guinean natives and were granted asylum in the United States in 2000.

They allegedly forced the Guinean girl to work for 16 years in their home, ordering her to cook, clean, and care for their five kids in their Southlake home.

She was close in age to the five biological children of the Toure couple but unlike them she was denied schooling, medical care, and the other opportunities afforded to the children.

Denise Cros-Toure also slapped or hit the child as punishment, according to the complaint and an investigator noted scars on the girl's arms and ear.

They also denied her pay, isolated her from her family, and threatened serious harm if she refused to do the work they gave her.

They confiscated her official documents, forcing her to remain unlawfully in the US after her tourist visa expired in March 2000. They threatened to send her back to Guinea if they were unsatisfied with her work, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Southlake police found the girl in a city park in 2002 noting her disheveled appearance as 'wearing dirty unkempt clothing' and 'very visibly scared and nervous', according to a police report.

Her alleged life of servitude ended when she escaped in August 2016 with the aide of kind-hearted neighbors and alerted authorities.

Denise Cros-Toure's attorney Scott Palmer said the government's case is 'weak' and suggested that the girl, referred to as Jane Doe, manipulated events to stay in the country as the couple planned to return her to her village, according to the Star-Telegram.

He called the criminal complaint against the couple 'riddled with salacious allegations, fabrications and lies'.

The government has also been presented with pictures and video of the girl on public outings and vacation with the family. The Toures' children also dispute the picture of enslavement that the government is presenting, Palmer said.

'The family was taking active steps to send her back to Guinea. A visa was obtained through a consulate in New York and she was headed back to Africa. She was living a normal life in Southlake that most people would be happy to live,' Palmer said.

The girl's parents have been interviewed by officials in the US department as well.

'I think the parents are awaiting a big payday. I think they believe that this will all end up bringing them a bunch of money,' Palmer said.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6189177/Texas-couple-accused-enslaving-Guinean-girl-16-years.html
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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She was living a normal life in Southlake that most people would be happy to live,' Palmer said.
That's great! Then they can prove the young woman can read and write, prove she has been to a doctor, prove she has a few chums outside the family.... :penguin:
 

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Sounds like there's another side to the story.

That said, i will NEVER trust an African, so who the fuck knows what's the real deal here.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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The son of a former president of Guinea has been convicted with his wife of enslaving a girl in their Texas home for 16 years after bringing her over from an African village.

Jurors found Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure guilty on Thursday of forced labor, conspiracy to harbor an alien for financial gain and harboring an alien for financial gain.

The wealthy Guinean aristocrats, both in their late 50s, arranged for Djena Diallo to be shipped to America 18 years ago when she was just five-years-old.

Diallo was forced to cook, garden, clean, paint and take care of the Toure's five children, the federal court in the suburbs of Dallas heard.

Diallo told jurors that although she was a similar age to the children, the Toure's denied her education, medicine and other benefits of growing up in America.

Jurors heard she was was coerced by emotional and physical abuse, including confiscation of her travel documents and preventing contact with her family.

Denise Cros-Toure slapped or hit the child as punishment and an investigator noted scars on the girl's arms and ear.

Diallo told jurors that Cros-Toure once told her she smelled bad so hauled her outside and hosed her down.

The pair were taken down to the cells immediately after the verdict was read out, as their children who sat in the public gallery looked devastated.

They face up to 20 years in prison, with a sentencing date yet to be set down.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6580101/Texas-pair-convicted-enslaving-African-girl-16-years.html
 

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The pair were taken down to the cells immediately after the verdict was read out, as their children who sat in the public gallery looked devastated.
No way those kids (being educated in the U.S.) didn't know what the score with her was.
They should have been charged as accessories after the fact.
 

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Sugar Cookie

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A suburban Fort Worth couple has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years.

A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, sentenced Mohamed Touré and Denise Cros-Touré each to two seven-year terms and one five-year term, all sentences to be served concurrently. The 58-year-old Southlake, Texas, couple must also serve three years of supervised release upon completion of their prison terms and pay their victim $288,000 in restitution. They also will be deported to Guinea.

The couple and defense attorneys are exploring an appeal, said Scott Palmer, attorney for Cros-Touré.
 

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The Toures are the son and daughter-in-law of the late Guinean President Ahmed Sekou Toure, who helped lead Guinea to independence from French rule in 1958. Sekou Toure was the country's first president, a role he held until his death in 1984.

The Toures were convicted in January, and prosecutors had sought the full 20-year prison sentences allowed by law. However, U.S. District Judge Reed O'Conner tempered the sentence request.

"Forced labor trafficking cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute -- in part because victims are often afraid to speak out," said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. "It took tremendous courage for this young woman to share her story at trial."

However, Palmer said the judge's decision to temper the sentence suggests the trial judge did not believe the pair were as evil as portrayed by prosecutors.

"I think he saw through the exaggerations and lies of the prosecution," he said.
No wonder they're afraid to speak out when the legal system protects the perpetrators, because they are "upper class" and, therefore, cannot possibly be evil assholes. Jesus, at least sentence them to the same amount of time their slave had to serve as a slave.
 

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