A Texas couple is accused of keeping a young West African girl as their slave for 16-years until she escaped from their home two years ago, PEOPLE confirms.
Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, are charged with forced labor of a domestic servant, the Department of Justice said in a news release. The couple appeared in federal court Thursday.
The girl was five when the couple allegedly arranged for her to leave her village in the West African country of Guinea in 2000, according to the news release.
The couple has close ties to the government of Guinea: Toure is the son of the country’s former president, Ahmed Sekou Toure, according to the Washington Post.
The alleged victim, who has not been identified, does not speak English and was allegedly forced to do labor around the couple’s home, including cooking, cleaning, laundry and yard work, all without being paid. She also allegedly