Criminal complaint: Couple kept girl as slave until neighbors helped her escape

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For more than 16 years, the couple made the victim cook, clean, paint, do laundry and yardwork and care for their five children - all without pay, federal prosecutors allege.

Mohamed Toure and his wife Denise Cros-Toure, both 57, were arrested after a almost two-year investigation into allegations that they kept a girl from Guinea against her will from 2000 until she was able to escape their Southlake home in 2016.

One of the family's attorneys, Scott Palmer, confirmed to WFAA that Mohamed is the son of Ahmed Sekou Toure, the first-ever president of the African nation of Guinea.

They were charged with forced labor.

If convicted, the couple faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison.

The victim's Guinean passport indicated that she was 5 years old at the time.

The Toures are accused of physically and emotionally abusing the girl, federal agents said in court records.


Court documents also revealed that the couple isolated the girl from her family and others.

The couple even took the young girl's documents, according to the affidavit, which led her to remain illegal in the USA after her visa expired.

"Slapping led to the use of a belt, which then led to the use of an electrical cord to strike her", the arrest warrant said.

The girl escaped from the couple's home in 2016 with the help of several former neighbors.

"The young lady was brought over to the U.S.at the request of her father who is related to Mr. Toure because he wanted a better life for his daughter", he said. "She was not the family's slave and we will prove that".

An investigator for the prosecution says the alleged victim was forced to sleep on the floor for years, and was taken to see a medical professional only once.The investigator adds that the alleged victim was often shouted at or kicked out of the house without money, identification, or the ability to communicate in English. "This is a very affluent neighborhood and it's very shocking".

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