Briton found guilty of raping and enslaving Pakistani girl
Deaf mute girl was trafficked and held captive for over a decade from age of 10
- Dawn.com reporters
- United Kingdom
- October 18, 2013
A British citizen of Pakistani origin has been found guilty of trafficking a young girl into the UK, enforcing her into slavery and repeatedly raping her for over a decade, British media reported.
Ilyas Ashar, 84 and wife Tallat Ashar, 68, brought a young deaf and mute girl, aged 10, from Pakistan in 2000 and kept her at their home in Eccles, Salford, as a domestic slave.
A Manchester court on Wednesday heard that the girl trafficked from Pakistan was repeatedly violated by Ashar while compelled to work in slavery.
Ilyas was found guilty of 13 counts of rape against the girl who is now in her 20s. According to earlier reports, the girl 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 had shown her a picture of Ilyas Ashar, she said: “He’s the one who has sex with me.”
The victim had moreover said that Ashar’s wife would repeatedly strike her, sometimes when she made too much noise by setting dishes on the table.
Ashar and his wife also used the girl’s details to steal more than £30,000 in benefits and set up several bank accounts in her name.
When details of the atrocities against the girl were read out, two female jurors started weeping. The judge, who was hearing the case, warned Ashar to expect a “substantial prison sentence”.