Muslim Couple Convicted of Enslaving 5-Year-Old in Texas
Immigration enriches us by bringing customs such as Islamic slavery to America. This isn't the first such case. It won't be the last.
A federal jury found a Southlake couple guilty Thursday of benefiting from an African girl's unpaid domestic labor in their home, a verdict that could mean a decades-long prison sentence for the pair.
The couple were found guilty on three counts, including forced labor, harboring an alien for financial gain and conspiracy for the same, accused of forcing the victim to work long hours without pay.
Djena Diallo of Guinea spoke no English when she was brought to Texas 18 years ago and had no friends or family here. She was made to cook, clean, perform yard work, paint and serve as nanny for the couple's five children, all while being denied academic and other opportunities given to the children despite being of similar age.
This sort of behavior is not, unfortunately, unusual in the Muslim world.
Mohamed Touré, the son of Guinea’s first president Ahmed Sékou Touré, and his wife Denise Cros-Toure arranged for the child to travel to the US when she was only five years old.
They forced her to cook, clean and look after their biological children without pay, beat and whipped her and called her a “dog” and a “slave”.
The girl eventually managed to escape from the house in Southlake with the help of concerned neighbours in 2016.
The Department of Justice said Touré and his wife were from “powerful, wealthy, and politically connected families in Guinea” while their victim was “uneducated, impoverished and from a small, rural village”.
When the girl’s mother learned the couple had arranged to bring her to the US in January 2000, she unsuccessfully attempted to hide the child.
Once in Texas the couple isolated the girl and prevented her from going to school – unlike their own children, some of whom were around the same age.
Whenever she disobeyed or did not satisfy the couple’s demands she was physically and verbally abused to maintain her compliance.
The punishments included being whipped with an electrical cord, being hosed down with water in public and being thrown out of the house and forced to sleep alone in a nearby park.
This reminds me of the Shyima Hall case in California.
An Egyptian human trafficking victim enslaved as a girl in southern California wrote an autobiography that details her ordeal and subsequent life in the U.S. after being rescued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and the local police department.
Shyima Hall shares details from her book, "Hidden Girl," which was published last month, in this week's edition of People Magazine.
She dedicates the book to HSI Supervisory Special Agent Mark Abend "for helping me navigate life in the United States, for his assistance in helping me raise awareness of basic human rights, and for his dedication to end slavery in our world," she writes in the book.
Abend calls it the proudest moment of his career, he said, because of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles the 24-year-old Hall has overcome throughout her life.
"I've never seen someone that very well could have had a broken spirit, stand up and say 'I'm not taking this,' and become such an example of strength to others," Abend said.
Hall was sold by her family into slavery in Egypt when she was 10 years old. The Egyptian couple who enslaved her moved to Irvine, Calif., and smuggled Hall with them.
She spent two years living in squalor while caring for her new family around the clock with no pay, until HSI special agents and Irvine police officers rescued her after receiving an anonymous tip.
"This was a shining example of how the work we do at ICE helps families," Abend said.
He has stayed in touch with Hall through the years, the relationship providing a sense of stability for her as she built her life in the U.S., he said. She aims to become an ICE special agent because of how the agency helped free her from slavery, she told Abend.
"There is so much she has done and still so much she wants to do, she is so full of life," Abend said.
She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2011.
The Left hates ICE because it frees slaves. What it wants is open borders and slavery in America.