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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Deaf girl kept in cellar as sex slave

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 offences, 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.



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