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Texas couple who were first arrested a year ago on charges of forced labor of a domestic servant was finally sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Monday.

Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure reportedly held a young girl from West Africa as a slave for 16 years, PEOPLE reports. The vile couple must pay $288,620.24 in restitution to their victim, who managed to escape the house of horror three years ago.

According to press release from federal prosecutors, the couple are citizens of Guinea and lawful permanent residents of the United States but they 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.”

According to prosecutors, the victim was five when the couple arranged for her to leave her village in Guinea in 2000.

“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,” the statement says.

The couple are said to come from very powerful and wealthy families in Guinea, as Toure is the son of the country’s former president, Ahmed Sekou Toure and Cros-Toure is described as a member of a “wealthy and powerful” Guinean family, the PEOPLE report states.

The defendants beat the girl on multiple occasions and called her a “dog,” “slave,” and “worthless.”

“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 was able to escape the couple’s home with the help of several neighbors in August 2016.

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9 thoughts on “Texas Couple Sentenced For Keeping West African Girl As Slave For 16 Years

  1. Seven years can not compensate for the brutal life the West African girl endured at the hand of those two monsters. And she should be compensated 6X as much in money.

  2. Brenda on said:

    They. Should. Get. More. Than seven. Years they have money and they took advantage of her family They should be giving her money to live out the rest of her life. And yes deport them back to their country. Their children should go too.

  3. CiscoKid on said:

    After a long and bloody Civil War, in which hundreds of thousands of people (most of them white) fought and died to end it, slavery was outlawed in the U.S. more than 150 years ago. Did YOU just wake up from a coma? No, I think you’re still in a coma of some kind if you can be angry and bitter at a country that STOPPED slavery, and have nothing bad to say about countries where is it STILL legal and STILL practiced. And by the way, what ‘slaves’ does ‘the government’ (I assume you mean federal) own? And if the federal government still owns slaves, why do you choose to continue to live in such a country? Why don’t you move?

  4. So SLAVERY ISN”T dead in Amerykah–it’s still going on in the Lonesome State of Texas.

    Lock up both of these POS and throw away the key.

    Sickening MF’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • CiscoKid on said:

      Slavery isn’t dead in America because it doesn’t live in the country, it lives in the hearts of the perpetrators. Evil people are evil people, no matter where they are. Slavery is also alive and well in many African countries where blacks are enslaving other blacks just like this Texas couple did. Does that make you angry, too???

      • ranu902 on said:

        This country. This government have never stop being slave owners. Did you just wake up from a coma?

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