A wealthy Texas couple (Mohamed Touré, son of the former Guinean president, and wife Denise Cross Touré) held a west African girl captive for 16 years while beating her, and forcing her to work as a slave while calling her a dog and worthless. She was only 5 years old when the couple stole her from her village in West Africa.
“Once in the United States, the defendants forced the victim to cook, clean, and take care of their biological children, some of whom were close in age to the victim, without pay for the next 16 years,” a statement says.
The girl escaped 3 years ago and the couple was recently sentenced.
The courts somehow saw it fit to only give the convicted couple a 7 year sentence. I say they should at least get 16 years because that is what their victim had to endure.
The immigrant couple is also ordered to pay $288,620 to the victim in restitution. The couple are citizens of Guinea and lawful permanent residents of the United States but may lose their immigration status and be deported upon completion of their sentences.
“I hope that today’s sentence brings some measure of justice and healing to the victim, who suffered untold trauma as a result of the defendants’ heinous crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The defendants stole her childhood and her labor for years, enriching themselves while leaving her with pain and an uncertain future,” Dreiband continued. “I am very grateful to all who supported, and continue to support, the victim as she attempts to rebuild her life. The Department of Justice will continue to investigate and vigorously prosecute human traffickers and vindicate the rights of their victims.”
“They forced her to sleep alone in a nearby park as punishment, abused her by shaving her head and washing her outside with a hose, and rendered her completely dependent on them for everything,” reads the statement.
“They isolated her from her family and society and prevented her from receiving any education, while their own children attended school and college.”
The girl escaped the couple’s home with the help of several neighbors in August 2016.