Deaf girl: I was kept in UK cellar as sex slave

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LONDON—Locked in a cellar where she was allegedly raped and beaten for nearly a decade, a young deaf and mute Pakistani woman told a UK court on Monday how she was trafficked into Britain and forced to work as a virtual slave.

The woman, whose age is not known, said she was around 10 when she was brought to the northern city of Manchester as a domestic servant in 2000. She cannot be identified for legal reasons.

A Pakistani couple—83-year-old Ilyas Ashar and his wife, 66-year-old Tallat Ashar—are charged with false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offenses, violence and benefit fraud. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Speaking through an interpreter and using sign language, the woman—thought to be 19 or in her 20s—described how she was allegedly hit with a rolling pin while forced to work for no money, made to sleep on a concrete floor in a bolted cellar and sexually abused.

When prosecutors showed her a picture of Ilyas Ashar, she said: “He’s the one who has sex with me.”

She said Ashar’s wife would repeatedly strike her with her ring, sometimes when she made too much noise by setting dishes on the table.

“I would be down in the cellar, sitting alone and very upset,” she said. “I would sit there for a long, long time, really upset and crying. I could not get out.”

The girl was rescued after a joint police raid in 2009. It wasn’t immediately clear if other government agencies were investigating the couple or why.

The couple are also accused of allegedly claiming benefits in her name but withholding any proceeds.

It isn’t immediately clear how the couple were able to bring the girl to Britain.

The Border Agency, which falls under control of the Home Office, had no immediate comment as to how the girl would have been allowed into the country as a domestic servant or whether the matter was being investigated, but a spokeswoman said she would look into the matter.

The trial continues in Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

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  • Iggy Ramirez

    Wow. I thought this only happens in the movies. 

    • PHtaxpayer

      Kunyari ka pa.  Don’t pretend to be naive when sex abuse and slavery happen all over the world.   

      It also happened in South Africa by a white man, “Heinz”, who kept his German daughter as a sex slave when she came to visit.  
      India, 
      A 32-year-old woman in Bhadrak district of Orissa has alleged that her 58-year-old father has been raping her for past 14 years.  
      American Jeffrey York 
      raped one of his daughters repeatedly and kept another locked in a tiny room for a year’.Then there’s the Austrian,  Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter imprisoned for 24 years and had 7 children with her.Here in the PH, how many girls have been raped by their own father, brother, cousins, etc?  How many children are sold as prostitutes to foreigners?  US Ambassador Thomas said 90% of American men come here for sex.  Probably happens everyday but news media is more interested on chismis of the rich-and-famous.

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