US authorities have arrested the son of a former president of the West African country of Guinea and his wife for allegedly enslaving a countrywoman in their Texas home.
Mohamed and Denise Cros-Toure were being held in a federal detention facility Friday (local time) pending a probable cause hearing on Monday in Fort Worth on a forced labour charge.
Toure’s attorney, Brady Wyatt, told The Associated Press that his client is the son of late Guinean President Ahmed Sekou Toure, who helped lead Guinea to independence from French rule in 1958.
Sekou Toure was the country’s first president, a role he held until his death in 1984.
According to an arrest affidavit, the defendants arranged for the victim who did not speak English to travel alone from her village in the Republic of Guinea to Texas in 2000.