A Muslim couple in Southlake, Texas, has been charged with forced, unpaid labor of a domestic servant after allegedly keeping a young West African girl in their home, abusing her and making her cook, clean and care for their five kids for more than 16 years until neighbors helped her escape.
NOTE: In the Middle East, Muslims often have African domestic help who are paid very little, if anything, have their passports taken from them to prevent them from leaving, and are often physically abused by their employers,
CBS News (h/t Jesse P) Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, arranged for the victim, who didn’t speak English, to travel alone from her village in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, to Southlake in January 2000 to work for them in their home. The victim’s Guinean passport indicated that she was 5 years old at the time.
Toure is the son of the first president of Guinea, Ahmed Sékou Touré, who ruled the country until his death in 1984.
Until she escaped in August 2016, the defendants forced the victim to labor in their home for long hours without pay. The couple required her to cook, clean, do the laundry, perform yard work, and paint, as well as care for their five children. Although the victim was close in age to the children, the Toure’s denied her access to schooling and the other opportunities afforded to their children.
As part of their coercive scheme to compel the victim’s labor, the Toure’s took her documents and caused her to remain unlawfully in the United States after her visa expired, according to court documents.
They further isolated her from her family and others and emotionally and physically abused her, according to the affidavit. Eventually, in August 2016, the victim escaped the defendants with the help of several former neighbors.