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A Pakistani Girl, after being sexually abused in a Britain cellular, pleads for justice. -File Photo

LONDON: Locked in a cellar where she was allegedly sexually abused 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.

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 the 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.—AP

Comments (9) Closed

Adnan Feb 14, 2012 02:28pm
What Pakistan has to do with this. Mentioning Pakistan name in the story is like shear ridiculisation and just to make it spicy......................
Syed Feb 14, 2012 08:10pm
"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." Then why the news item now?
Aliya Bibi Feb 14, 2012 08:28pm
Why not mention Pakistan, this couple is from Pakistan, the girl was brought from Pakistan and we are getting this news through Pakistani News paper. Thanks to this news agency for bringing this news to public. There are vicious people out there who call themselves muslims and belong to our society, they commit so horrific crimes at times that there is no match. There was a similar story some time ago here in USA when a muslim family slaved a ten year old girl. She would do all of the house chores, beaten up daily and kept out side of the house in the garage to sleep. What a shame! People like them should receive a harsh punishment so no one should dare commit cruelties like this any more.
Pakistani Feb 14, 2012 08:32pm
This new is about Pakistani-British older couple of false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offences, violence and benefit fraud against a young handicap Pakistani girl. This news is about an older educated Pakistani couple hurting fellow young, weak, soft target Pakistani girl. What part of that u don't understand. pakistani killing pakistani, Pakistani hurting Pakistani.
Khudi ko ker buland Feb 14, 2012 09:05pm
First time I am reading this sad news on Pakistani media? Please Dont try to "HUSH" the realaties.
SukhChan Feb 14, 2012 10:39pm
Well no on can bring her 10 yrs back ...... but we should have courage to see our face in mirror ....... We have a habit of no bad news about Pakistan..... If you would nvr know thing how would u correct them ..... Abt that Budha n Budhi .... they should put them in at least 40 years of jail n make them work ....put those people as well who knew this and nvr reported to authorities ....
asghar khan Feb 15, 2012 03:10am
I am not an athiest, but these news reiterates that there is no muslim brotherhood. first comes personal self and then religion....If muslim muslim were bhai bhai, these and so many other crimes against humanity wont be happening. Sorry to all annoyed hipocrates.
Hindustani Feb 15, 2012 05:31am
Well said Pakistani.Adnan is in denial.We should all condemn the wretched couple that treated the poor deaf & mute young girl so awfully.
Neha Nazir Feb 15, 2012 08:55am
so disturbing and sad!!!