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Texas couple found guilty of forcing African girl to labor for years without pay


Added 01-11-19 02:17:02pm EST - “Defense attorney plans to appeal the verdict” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Texas couple found guilty of forcing African girl to labor for years without pay”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Texas couple accused of enslaving an African girl for nearly 16 years has been found guilty of forced labor by a federal jury in Tarrant County Thursday evening, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Mohamed Toure, 57, and his wife Denise Cros-Toure, 57, were also found guilty of conspiracy to harbor an alien. The couple was found not guilty on two other related charges.

They face a maximum of 20 years in prison for the charge of forced labor. The jury also decided that property owned by the couple will be forfeited because it was used to facilitate the crime, according to the newspaper.

The victim, Djena Diallo, traveled to the U.S. from the West African country of Guinea in 2000 to live with the couple in Southlake, an affluent suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth. She was 5 years old at the time, according to court documents.

Diallo said she was forced to work from sunrise to bedtime, seven days a week. She had to cook, clean, do laundry, paint, and do yard work, as well as care for the couple's' five children without pay, according to court documents.

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