SOUTHLAKE, Texas – – A couple in Southlake, Texas, were charged with forced, unpaid work by a domestic worker for allegedly holding a young West African girl at home for over 16 years until neighbors tell her helped escape, reports CBS Dallas / Fort Worth. Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, arranged for the victim, who did not speak English, to travel to Southlake alone from her village in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, in January 2000, according to sources In a sworn statement
the Guinean passport of the victim showed that she was 5 years old at the time.
Over the years, until she escaped in August 201
As part of their coercive system to force the victim's work, the Toures took their documents and caused them to remain unlawful in the United States after their visas expired, according to court documents.
They further isolated her from her family and others and abused her emotionally and physically, according to the affidavit.
The victim escaped the accused with the help of several former neighbors.
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