http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5662093/Couple-arrested-brought-girl-home-Africa-forced-16-years-servitude.htmlA couple has been charged with forced labor of a domestic servant after they brought a young girl from West Africa into their Texas home and kept her captive for 16 years.
Southlake couple Mohamed Toure and Denise Florence Cros-Toure, both 57, arranged for the young girl to travel solo from The Republic of Guinea to their home when she was just five years old.
Thereafter they forced her into 16 years of cooking, cleaning, and caring for their children until she escaped, according to the affidavit.
The couple made their first appearance in court in Fort Worth on Thursday and they may face up to 20 years in prison each for their crime.
Without speaking a word of English, the young girl had no place to turn when she came to the US and was forced to work for the couple, tending to their yard work, painting, laundry, and child rearing.
The young girl lived in darkness for 16 years without any pay or the chance to go to school, according to federal prosecutors.
The couple even took the young girl's documents, according to the affidavit, which led her to remain illegal in the US after her visa expired.
After years of physical and emotional abuse and suppression, the girl was finally able to escape, leading to the couple's arrest.