90 Miles From Tyranny : Immigrant Muslim Couple in Texas Enslaved Little Girl for 16 Years — Only Receive 7 Year Sentence

Monday, June 17, 2019

Immigrant Muslim Couple in Texas Enslaved Little Girl for 16 Years — Only Receive 7 Year Sentence

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — A Muslim couple has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison each for enslaving a West African girl for more than 16 years until she escaped with the help of neighbors, the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mohamed Touré and Denise Cros-Touré, who are citizens of the Islamic dominated African country of Guinea, and lawful permanent residents of the U.S., were also ordered to pay their victim $288,620.24 in restitution in the forced labor conviction, according to Yahoo news.

Prosecutors say the couple — members of “wealthy and powerful Guinean families” — arranged for the victim to travel to Texas from rural Guinea in early 2000.

Starting as a young girl, the couple forced the victim named Djena Diallo “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 release says.

The couple kept the victim from receiving an education and punished her physically and emotionally, prosecutors say. She was called a “dog,” “slave” and “worthless” by the couple.

Diallo said Toure once shaved her head because Cros-Toure didn’t like the way her hair looked.

She wasn’t allowed to use the children’s towels, and she could not mix her...

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