Son of Guinea’s first president faces forced labour charges in Texas

The son of Guinea’s first president and his wife face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty in Texas of holding a young woman as a domestic slave.

The US Department of Justice said that the pair, Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, appeared in a federal court in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday to face a criminal complaint of forced labor.

Mohamed Toure father is Ahmed Sekou Toure, the first president of the west African coastal nation of Guinea. He was president from 1958 until his death in 1984.

It is alleged that the couple arranged for an unnamed victim, who spoke no English, to travel by themselves from their village in Guinea to work at their home in Southlake, Texas, in January 2000.

The statement read, “The victim’s Guinean passport indicated that she was five years old at the time,”

“Throughout the years, until the victim escaped in August 2016, the defendants forced the victim to labor in their home for long hours without pay.”

The statement continue to say that the young woman was made “to cook, clean, do the laundry, perform yardwork, and paint,” including taking care for the couple’s five children.

The victim was close in age to the children but “the defendants denied her access to schooling and the other opportunities afforded to their children.”

It is also alleged the couple took the victim’s passport “and caused her to remain unlawfully in the United States after her visa expired,” isolated her from her family, “and emotionally and physically abused her.”

The victim finally sort help from some former neighbours in August 2016, according to the statement.

Scott Palmer lawyer for the couple has completely denied the allegations in an email to The Washington Post.

Palmer wrote to the Post and said, “The complaint is riddled with salacious allegations, fabrications, and lies,”

He said are looking forward, “to revealing the motivation of this woman to lie, betray, and attempt to destroy the family that took her in at the request of her father.”

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