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Texas couple found guilty of forcing African girl to labor for years without pay

A Texas couple accused of enslaving an African girl for nearly 16 years has been found guilty of forced labor by a federal jury in Tarrant County Thursday evening, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Mohamed Toure, 57, and his wife Denise Cros-Toure, 57, were also found guilty of conspiracy to harbor an alien. The couple was found not guilty on two other related charges.

They face a maximum of 20 years in prison for the charge of forced labor. The jury also decided that property owned by the couple will be forfeited because it was used to facilitate the crime, according to the newspaper.

What’s the background?

The victim, Djena Diallo, traveled to the U.S. from the West African country of Guinea in 2000 to live with the couple in Southlake, an affluent suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth. She…

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Couple Convicted of Forcing Young, West African Girl to Labor in Their Southlake, Texas, Home for 16 Years | OPA

Defendants Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, of Southlake, Texas, were convicted late yesterday by a federal jury in Ft. Worth, Texas, of forced labor and other federal felonies for compelling the domestic labor of a young, undocumented West African girl for 16 years. The verdicts were announced by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey McGallicher of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Houston Field Office. 

“The defendants preyed on a young and extremely vulnerable girl. Their despicable actions included cruelly abusing her, forcing her to work in their home, hidden in plain sight, for years without pay,…

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16 Years a Slave: African woman tells federal jury of forced, unpaid labor for wealthy Dallas couple

Mohamed Tourne, Denise Cros-Toure mugshots

A young African woman is finally getting to tell her story after a wealthy Dallas couple was arrested on suspicion of keeping her as a slave for 16 years.

According to the Star-Telegram, Tuesday, on the third day of the trial for Mohamed Toure and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, the woman – identified only as Jenna -explained to a jury of eight women and four men that she was called a “dog,” “slave,” “worthless” and an “idiot.”

Jenna was a child when she arrived to the U.S. and was only able to flee the Toure home in 2016 with the help of a former neighbor.

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After her escape, the Toures, both 57-years-old, were arrested last April…

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Older Workers Need Further Labor Market Improvements

Older workers in particular need the labor market to continue its growth streak. Employers added 312,000 new jobs in December 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are welcome news, but the labor market needs to continue improving, so that older workers will see real economic security. Additional job gains could make it easier for unemployed older workers to find a new job. And continued job market growth could further shrink inequalities in job market outcomes for older workers, for instance, by race and ethnicity.

The labor market expansion is in its ninth year. In December 2018, employers added 312,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate rose to 3.9% from 3.7% in November. As employers keep hiring more workers, people who had previously stayed on the sidelines, now…

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Despite 3.7% Unemployment, Labor Market Inequities Mean Retirement Insecurity For Many

A smaller share of African-Americans, for example, are employed – 58.7% — compared to 60.6% of whites. And, while a larger share of Hispanics are …
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IZA World of Labor – Thousands of scientists emigrate from African countries every year

In the face of persistent barriers, thousands of young African scientists are leaving their countries in search for employment opportunities elsewhere.

Approximately 20,000 highly educated professionals leave Africa every year, citing “push” factors more than “pull” factors as reasons why. Up to 30% of this number are scientists who leave to find higher pay, better opportunities, and a more conducive research environment.

IZA author, Govert E. Bijwaard, writes about the impact that the emigration of highly skilled workers can have on the home countries: “Development economists have emphasized that migration from developing countries to developed countries may lead to a flight of highly skilled…

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