Man jailed for raping 'slave'

A man will be sentenced for raping a young, deaf girl he trafficked into Greater Manchester with his wife from Pakistan.

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Trafficking of girl forced to act as slave 'shocking'

Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner says the case of a ten-year-old girl trafficked into the UK and repeatedly raped is "shocking".

The girl, who is deaf and can't speak, was forced to act as slave for Tallat and Ilyas Ashar.

Tony Lloyd said:

“We can’t begin to imagine the horrors that this young woman had to endure over a period of years. I hope she can find some comfort that justice has been done.

“It is remarkable that the victim in this case has come through this ordeal and has grown into a strong, confident young woman who started the process of rebuilding her life. I wish her well for the future.”

“It is shocking to think that in 21st Century Britain there are people who are trafficked into this country to act as nothing more than slaves. All right-thinking people will be appalled and we must all make a stand together against this barbaric practice.

“These convictions should send out a strong message to those whose warped world view considers it acceptable to keep slaves that they will be pursued, they will be found and they will be brought to justice.”

Deaf girl raped by trafficker

Ilyas Ashar

A Salford pensioner who trafficked a deaf girl who can't speak into the UK, using her to milk the benefits system, was found guilty of repeatedly raping the girl.

Ilyas Ashar, 84, sexually abused his vulnerable victim repeatedly, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard.

Two female jurors wept as guilty verdicts were delivered on 13 counts of rape.

One woman on the jury covered her face with her hands while a male juror held the hand of another female juror who was also weeping.

Victim's cellar room

All were excused from sitting as jurors again for 10 years after hearing details of the case.

The girl, from Pakistan who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, was beaten and slapped and forced to work for Ashar and his family as a domestic servant.

While Ashar used his victim to satisfy his sexual desires the girl was also used to steal more than £30,000 in benefits on her behalf.

The youngster was even taught enough sign language by the family so she could agree to the benefit money being handed over to the Ashars.

She was first brought into the UK in June 2000 when aged around 10, though her exact age is not known.

But the passport used claimed the girl was 20 and it was a matter of "mystery and concern" how immigration officials at Heathrow did not spot the difference in age.

Stairs to cellar where the girl was kept

For almost a decade the girl, now aged 19 or 20, had to work and sleep in the cellar at the family's substantial family's home in Cromwell Road, Eccles in Salford.

Ashar was convicted of 13 counts of rape. He had been convicted at an earlier trial of two counts of trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation, two counts of furnishing false information to obtain a benefit and one of permitting furnishing of false information to obtain a benefit.

His wife, Tallat Ashar, 68, was found guilty of two counts of trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation and four counts of furnishing false information to obtain a benefit.

His daughter, Faaiza Ashar, 46, was found guilty at an earlier trial of two counts of furnishing false information to obtain a benefit and one count of permitting furnishing of false information to obtain a benefit.

Tallat Ahsar

All three were convicted at the earlier trial where the jury were unable to reach verdicts on the allegations of rape so Ashar was re-tried.

Reporting on the second trial was banned until the verdicts were in and the jury were not told about the guilty verdicts at the earlier trial where the court heard the girl was made to cook, clean, do the washing and ironing for the Ashars and clean the houses and cars of their family and friends.

She also spent her days in the cellar packing football shirts, clothes and mobile phone covers.

The girl had no family or friends in the UK and had never been to school in Pakistan or Britain.

The girl had no family or friends in the UK and had never been to school in Pakistan or Britain.

She could not read or write and the only people she knew in Britain were the Ashars, who told her both her parents were dead.

She was, however, taught to write her signature - so her name could be used to claim benefits.

Despite her disabilities the girl has an average, or higher, intelligence level and is a "remarkably resilient young woman", the court heard.

Judge Peter Lakin excused the panel of six men and six women of sitting as jurors again for 10 years and thanked them for their public duty in what he described as a "difficult" case.

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Cellar girl "dreadful case" say police

“This was a dreadful case where the girl endured years of domestic exploitation at the hands of the Ashar family. “They have exploited her disability and made it appear to the authorities that she was responsible for their own fraudulent behaviour. She was essentially kept in domestic servitude. “What is remarkable - and the most important aspect of this unusual case - is that the victim has emerged a confident, well-adjusted and determined young woman. It is truly amazing how she has turned her life round and we have nothing but the utmost respect for her.

“At no stage have the defendants shown any remorse, or admitted to what they did to a girl, who was only as young as 10 years old when this began. Also, despite the fact that her disabilities would have been apparent to anyone, they never once sought help for her or let her get any kind of formal or informal education. “Overcoming the communication difficulties of the victim proved a challenge for the investigating team, but this ground breaking case is an example of how vulnerable people can be helped to get the justice they deserve.

– Salford divisional commander Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle

Man found guilty of raping 'slave girl'

A man has been convicted of raping a deaf and mute girl who'd been trafficked from Pakistan into Greater Manchester.

The woman, was just ten when she was brought to the UK before being treated by Ilyas Ashar as his personal slave at his house in Eccles. For almost a decade the girl was kept in the cellar of the property and repeatedly raped by 84-year old Ashar.

Ashar had earlier been found guilty of two counts of trafficking people for exploitation along with his wife Tallat Ashar. The couple's daughter was found guilty of offences under the social security act.

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