Texas Couple Sentenced to Prison For 7 Years For Enslaving African Woman

Updated On 24 Apr, 2019 Published On

A Texas couple, Mohamed Touré and Denise Cros-Touré, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving an African woman for 16 years.

A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, sentenced them to two seven-year terms and one five-year term.

They must also serve three years of supervised release upon their end time in the prison and pay the victim $288,000 in restitution.

The attorney for Denise, Scott Palmer, said that the couple and defense attorneys are exploring an appeal. 

Trial evidence showed that Mohamed and Denise brought the girl from her rural Guinean village in 2000. She was between 5 and 13 years old at the time.

They forced the girl to work without pay as a housekeeper, cook and nanny in their home until she fled and alerted authorities.

Mohamed and Denise are the son and daughter-in-law, respectively, of the late Guinean President Ahmed Sekou Touré.

Ahmed helped lead Guinea to independence from French rule in 1958. He was the country's first president and he served it until his death in 1984.

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