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Former tennis pro sentenced to 11 yrs in prison for torturing African child 'slaves'

Detroit, Mar. 26 : A former tennis pro has been sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison after being accused of fraudulently bringing four African children from Togo to the U.S. and forcing them to work as slaves in his Michigan home.


Jean-Claude Toviave, who didn't apologize when provided the opportunity to speak at his sentencing hearing in Detroit, also was ordered to pay two of the children 60,000 dollars each, reports the New York Daily News.

The four children emigrated from Togo in 2006 with fraudulent immigration paperwork that listed them as being Toviave's biological children, which they are not.

The children said Toviave beat them with toilet plungers, broomsticks and electrical cords and starved them if they didn't follow his orders. They were forced to vacuum, iron, cook, clean and shine shoes at the home in Ypsilanti, near Ann Arbor, for nearly five years until January 2011.

A jury convicted Toviave of four counts of forced labour in October. He previously pleaded guilty to fraud and misuse of visas and mail fraud.

--ANI (Posted on 26-03-2013)

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