The son of a former African President and his wife may have to spend up to 7 years in jail after he was found guilty of enslaving a small African girl for close to two decades.
Mohamed Touré and his wife Denise Cros-Touré, both 58, have been sentenced to seven years in jail by a US court after they were found guilty in January of bringing the young girl from Guinea and forcing her to work for them without pay in early 2000.
The couple who are both citizens of Guinea enslaved the young woman for 16 years at their home in Texas, USA.
“The defendants stole her childhood and her labour for years, enriching themselves while leaving her with pain and an uncertain future.” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband.
As a result of the conviction, Mr Touré who is the son of Guinea’s first president, Ahmed Sékou Touré, may lose his US immigration status, the US Department of Justice said. The pair were also ordered to pay $288,620.24 in compensation.
The girl, who has not been named, is thought to have been five years old when she arrived in the US.