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African president’s son slapped with $288,620 fine and thrown to jail for 7 years after being found guilty of stealing girl’s childhood by enslaving her for 16 years

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  • Mohamed Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Touré, have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a US court after they were found guilty of bringing a young girl from Guinea and forcing her to work for them without pay in early 2000.
  • The couple who are both citizens of Guinea enslaved the young woman for 16 years at their home in Texas, USA.
  • Mr Touré who is the son of Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré.

The son of a former African President and his wife may have to spend up to 7 years in jail after he was found guilty of enslaving a small African girl for close to two decades.

Mohamed Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Touré, both 58, have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a US court after they were found guilty in January of bringing the young girl from Guinea and forcing her to work for them without pay in early 2000.


Mohamed Touré, the son of Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré (Guinee7)

The couple who are both citizens of Guinea enslaved the young woman for 16 years at their home in Texas, USA.

“The defendants stole her childhood and her labour for years, enriching themselves while leaving her with pain and an uncertain future.” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband.


Denise Cros-Toure. (WFAA-TV)

As a result of the conviction, Mr Touré who is the son of Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré, may lose his US immigration status, the US Department of Justice said. The pair were also ordered to pay $288,620.24 in compensation.

The girl, who has not been named, is thought to have been five years old when she arrived in the US.

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US Department of Justice building. (NPR)

She was forced to clean, cook and take care of the couple’s children for 16 years. During that time she was repeatedly hit, had her head shaved and forced to sleep alone in a nearby park as punishment, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

Mr Touré and his wife also confiscated her passport and denied her access to schooling.


Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré. (Face2Face Africa)

In August 2016, the girl is said to have escaped from the couple’s house in Southlake “with the help of several former neighbours”, the justice department said.

Scott Palmer, a lawyer for Mrs Cros-Touré told the New York Times the couple planned to appeal the case claiming that the story was “wildly exaggerated”.