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Judge Rules on Couple Accused of Enslaving Girl

North Texas couple is found guilty
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2019 2:28 PM CST
This combination of photos provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department in Texas shows Mohamed Toure, left, and Denise Cros-Toure, a Fort Worth couple accused of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16...   (Tarrant County Sheriff's Department via AP)

(Newser) – A federal jury has found a suburban North Texas couple guilty of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years. Jurors found Mohamed Toure and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, guilty Thursday of forced labor, per the AP. They face up to 20 years in prison, but no sentencing date was immediately set. Toure is the son of a former president of the West African country of Guinea. The Southlake, Texas, pair was accused of bringing the 5-year-old girl from her rural Guinean village in 2000 and forcing her to work without pay in their home for years. Authorities began investigating after the victim fled the couple's home in 2016. The defense attorneys said they would appeal the verdict. (Meanwhile, a website made a holiday joke about holding women as sex slaves.)

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