Southlake Couple Sentenced For Using Girl As Slave

Austin York
April 23, 2019 - 7:01 am
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SOUTHLAKE (1080 KRLD) - A Southlake couple found guilty of using a girl as a slave, have been sentenced. 

In January,  Mohamed Toure and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, were found guilty of forced labor charges by a federal jury.

During the penalty phase, the judge sentenced each to 7 years in prison. 

Prosecutors say in 2000, the couple arranged for the then-5-year-old girl, to travel alone from her village in Guinea to Southlake. For the next 16 years, they required the girl to cook, clean, do yard work, paint, do the laundry and take care of the Toures’ five children without paying her, court documents say.

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

Defense attorneys argued the girl was in no way a slave and actually went on vacations with the family, left the home on her own, engaged in social media and even jogged in the neighborhood.