Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave

Jean-Claude Toviave
Crimes: Slavery, Child Abuse

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave is kind of a cool name but it belongs to a totally uncool guy. Uncool and evil. And sick and twisted. And rotten and despicable. Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave is a craven, depraved hellbeast and he is in a Michigan prison for the next little while because of it.

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave, originally from Togo, worked as a janitor at the University of Michigan. I guess being janitor wasn’t lofty or exalted enough for the bastard. I guess Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave wanted to be Lord and Master, a goddamn King with servants at his beck and call. Tough to make happen when you’re only a janitor.

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave did make it happen, though, because he’s a hellbeast. Hellbeasts don’t mind at all exploiting the vulnerable and breaking the law and committing immoral acts. That’s what he had to do to become the Lord and Master in his home in Ypsilanti.

What Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave did was to indulge in a little human trafficking and slavery. In 2006 he brought 4 young boys from Togo to Michigan with paperwork that fraudulently declared they were his own sons.

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave certainly didn’t treat those boys like his own children, though. He treated them like his own slaves.

The kids had been lured to the US with promises of opportunities and a good life. They got hell instead.

On the plus side, 3 of the 4 boys were enrolled into school. On the down side, they were forced to cook, clean, vacuum, iron and all those pesky chores nobody likes to do. And if they refused to work, or didn’t work to his satisfaction, he meted out brutal, sadistic punishments.

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave used toilet plungers, broomsticks, ice scrapers, phone chargers and electrical cords to beat the kids. He also used his bare hands and his feet. The bastard is 6 foot 3 inches and 230 pounds, and he is a former athlete. I’m guessing he could deliver one helluva whopping.

One of the victims suffered permanent damage to his vision after Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave punched and kicked him in the face.

He starved them as well. He deprived them of sleep too. And he threatened to kill them.

The boys detailed all the abuse in their journals. Kudos to them for thinking to do that! Those journals wound up having great evidentiary value for the investigators and the prosecutor.

It was probably the death threats that kept the kids quiet. Finally, after 5 years of this horrid existence, the 3 boys who had been enrolled in school opened up to their school counselors. They told about the abuse, but they didn’t tell about Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave not being their dad.

It wasn’t until police arrested his sorry ass in May 2011 that they discovered Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave had used fake passports with fake names and birth dates to bring the boys to the US. Authorities charged the hellbeast with mail fraud, harboring illegal aliens, and 4 counts of forced labor.

Unhappily for Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave, Michigan instituted its first human trafficking laws in 2006 and in 2011 they imposed stiffer penalties for forced enslavement. Stiffer penalties are good.

The sadistic child-beater Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave was facing 20 years in prison. That’s about right — 4 victims times 5 years enslavement equals 20 years in prison. Except of course Toviave wouldn’t be starved and beaten by his captors.

In October 2012 a federal jury deliberated for less than a day before they convicted his nasty ass of 4 counts of forced labor. He had already pled guilty to fraud and misuse of visas, mail fraud and harboring aliens.

On March 25, 2013, two of the victims attended the sentencing and had statements entered into the record.

“The physical torture, beating me and starving me, you inflicted was so painful that I prayed at night that God would either help me to be free or allow your assaults to kill me,” wrote one of the victims. “The pain is something I will never forget. In the midst of your verbal and physical assaults, you worked the four of us to death.”

The victim also wrote that he “can no longer trust anyone” because of the abuse and he still wakes “from nightmares on a regular basis that involve me being back under your care.”

The teenager now participates in multiple sports at his school and is president of the student council. This kid also wants to become a doctor one day. I hope he succeeds.

The other victim statement read, “You had no respect for me. … I wake up with nightmares. You said that you would kill me with your bare hands when I was only a child … I pray that one day you will be able to change your ways … You are an evil person. The only person you can be upset with is yourself.”

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave was sentenced to 135 months in prison, with credit for 2 years of time served. Hey, what happened to the 20 years?

District Judge Arthur Tarnow ordered the sadistic slavemaster to pay 2 of the victims $60,000 each. As well, the judge ordered Toviave to pay $7,200 to the 2 other victims to help pay for counseling.

It’s not likely those boys will see the money since Toviave is claiming poverty.

“I can’t get a read on you,” District Judge Tarnow said to Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave. “I can’t tell if you understand what you did was really wrong.”

Maybe the judge said that because Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave didn’t apologize and didn’t show any emotion at his sentencing. When the evil bastard got a chance to speak in court, all he talked about was visiting his sick mother in Ghana back in 2007. WTF did that have to do with the price of beans? Weird.

I wish the victims, now teenagers and young men, all the best. I wish them joy and success and security.

To Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave I wish years of pain and suffering so that he will really, truly understand that what he did was wrong.

Slavery is wrong. Child abuse is wrong. Human trafficking is wrong. Fraud is wrong.

Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave is in his early 40s now, so he’ll be 50-ish when he gets out. That’s young enough to do a lot more wrong with the rest of his life, so I hope he soon and permanently learns the error of his ways.

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8 Responses to Jean-Claude Kodjo Toviave

  1. bengalpuss says:

    Fucking evil bastard, he deserves to be made the prison slave. He could even be somebody’s bitch, if he plays his cards right, just needs to make sure when he bends over for the soap in the shower, that bubba ain.t stood behind him, cos we all know that bubba is a turd burglar lol.

  2. bengalpuss says:

    Or Bubba the bitch baba, stabber, and if mr slavemaster, asks bubba nicely, he may even take a leaf out of his book, and use a plunger or a telephone, “you get my Point”

  3. MSM says:

    This ass should have been deported back to his own country with imprisonment on the other end. I’m not sure why this was handled the way it was – he brought the boys here with the intent for them to work as slaves, that’s trafficking, that’s a federal crime – somebody dropped the ball here.

  4. awesomeblossom says:

    What more would he have to do to be given the max? I am so relieved that those boys survived the abuse, and I am extremely relieved that he hadn’t molested them. But what he did was reprehensible. Those boys thought they were getting a new home and a DAD and they wound up being stuck in a prison with a monster. I am not surprised they still suffer nightmares. Bless those boys, I hope they have happy lives now.

  5. bulldoggy says:

    I really hope his cellmates will pound it into him why slavery is morally repugnant. I hope they pound it in inch by inch. I am guessing his victims kept those journals secretly, good for them. Too bad it took 5 years before they came forward but they probably feared for each other as well as for themselves.

  6. Moodymagic says:

    What wasn’t this evil bastard deported back. A 135 months is a joke . What can really happen to a guy his size in prison . A shanking would be ok with me. You make me sick Toviave. Lots of pain and suffering is what you deserve.

    • awesomeblossom says:

      Moody, moody, moody, what happened to you? You used to be so timid and polite and now you are endorsing “shanking”? I think you need a daily dose of kitties and puppies for the next few weeks to restore your previous good nature.

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