A Guinean couple living in Texas were found guilty and sentenced to seven years in Federal prison for the crime of imprisoning a girl for 16 years.
Mohamed Toure, 58, and Denise Cros-Toure, 58, are residents of Southlake, Texas, but they're citizens of Guinea.
Prosecutors say they may be deported after their 7 year sentence ends but they also have to pay a $290,000 restitution fee.
For 16-years in their Dallas-area home they forced the girl to cook and clean while calling her a "dog".
Mohmad Toure is the son of Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré, who died in 1984. He ruled the West African country for over 26 years.
Erin Nealy Cox, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Texas, said in a statement, "It took tremendous courage for this young woman to share her story at trial. She was brought to this country at a young age, pressured to stay quiet, and forced to work for this family without pay for 16 years. I want to commend her, as well as the witnesses who helped shine a light on her circumstances.”
Way back in the year 2000 the convicted married couple arranged for a 5 year old girl to travel alone from West Africa to their Southlake home on a tourist visa.
The little girl worked every day in the family's home, cleaning, making beds, vacuuming, cooking and gardening. She was also forced to care for the couple’s own children.
The young girl was physically abused and struck with an electric cord when she misbehaved.
She slept on a floor for years and only visited a doctor once during her time as their slave. The young girl was deprived of an education.
In August 2016 a neighbor of the family convinced the girl to collect evidence to prove she had been abused for years, including photographs.