America seems to have a number of potential government-in-exile personages stashed away here and there across the 50 states: Imam Gulen in the Poconos, Uncle Ruslan in the DC suburbs, the dad of the guy who shot up the gay disco in Florida, etc.
Is this another one? Or is the slavekeeping Monsieur Toure in the U.S. just for the usual immigration reasons: he had an American Dream!
Son of Guinea’s first president charged with forced labor in Texas
CNN Digital Expansion 2017
By Laura Koran and Laura Jarrett, CNN
Updated 4:55 PM ET, Fri April 27, 2018
Washington (CNN)A Texas couple with deep political connections in the West African country of Guinea was charged Thursday with forced labor after a young woman they allegedly enslaved for more than 16 years managed to escape their home in Southlake with help from neighbors.
Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, both 57, allegedly brought the victim from Guinea to Texas in 2000, when she was just 5 years old. She has not been named.
They allegedly then forced the girl to do housework and care for their children, subjecting her to emotional and physical abuse, the Department of Justice said in a press release.
“Although the victim was close in age to the children, the defendants denied her access to schooling and the other opportunities afforded to their children,” the department alleges.
The couple originally hail from Guinea, where Mohamed Toure is an influential figure and son of Guinea’s first President, Ahmed Sekou Toure.
His dad, who ruled Senegal from 1958 to his death in 1984, was famous as the most Communist and anti-French leader of any ex-French colony in Africa. But in 1978, his dad got into a spat with Moscow and turned toward the West. His father died at the Cleveland Clinic in 1984.
The younger Toure was also a leader of the political opposition party in Guinea, although he has no diplomatic immunity or status, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Following his father’s death in 1984, Mohamed Toure was imprisoned along with other members of his family, according to the authors of Historical Dictionary of Guinea. He was later exiled to Morocco and Ivory Coast before settling in Texas with his wife and children.
He later returned to Guinea, where he was named secretary general of his father’s old political party.
Now, Toure and his wife face up to 20 years in prison on the forced labor charge.