Attorneys: Forced Labor Accusations Against N. Texas Couple Are 'Lies'

The couple lived in this Texas home where the girl cooked cleaned and cared for the couple's five children for 16 years before she escaped with the help of her former neighbors

"She had chores, but all the children had chores ..."

Although she was close in age to the children she helped care for, she was denied the opportunities afforded to the children, according to CBS. He firmly ruled the impoverished nation for more than 25 years until his death in 1984, and enjoyed audiences with U.S. Presidents John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, as well as other foreign leaders.

According to an arrest affidavit, the defendants arranged for the victim to travel from her rural Guinean village to Texas in 2000, and for 16 years, forced her to work in their home without pay.

Prosecutors say Mohamed and Denise Cros-Toure, both 57, were being held in a federal detention facility Friday pending a probable cause hearing Monday in Fort Worth on a forced labor charge.

The government now has 30 days to present the complaint against Mohamed and Denise to a grand jury for possible indictment.

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

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"The agent said the woman has "...visible scars consistent with being struck by an electrical cord on her arms..." and that there is a "...visible scar and slit in her earlobe consistent with having an earring ripped from her pierced ear..."

The government alleges the couple brought the unnamed girl from Guinea to the USA when she was 5 years old. He says the Toure family is also from Guinea.

"She was provided food, clothing, a bed, spending money, a house to live in ..."

But Palmer insisted, "She was a member of the family".

Palmer said, "They are all devastated". "We're always out walking the dogs and everyone is friendly".

The girl, however, managed to flee the home in Southlake in 2016 with the help of neighbours when she was 21.

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