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'Pure evil': 10-year-old deaf and mute girl trafficked to UK, kept in cellar and raped by pensioner

Publié par Clifford Armion le 17/10/2013

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A pensioner who trafficked a 10-year-old deaf and mute girl into Britain, keeping her in his cellar to claim benefits, was convicted yesterday of repeatedly raping her.
Ilyas Ashar, 84, was found guilty of 13 counts of rape against the girl, who is now in her 20s, after she was kept at the home he shared with his wife Tallat in Eccles, Salford, and made to sleep in the “sparse, cold and damp” cellar.
The jury Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard that the girl, who is from Pakistan, and is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, was beaten and slapped as well as being forced to work for Ashar and his family and friends in virtual slavery as a domestic servant. Details of the victim’s ordeal only emerged after she was taught sign language following her accidental discovery in 2009 by trading standards officers who had come to the couple’s house to investigate possible illegal activities.
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" 'Pure evil': 10-year-old deaf and mute girl trafficked to UK, kept in cellar and raped by pensioner", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2013. Consulté le 15/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/pure-evil-10-year-old-deaf-and-mute-girl-trafficked-to-uk-kept-in-cellar-and-raped-by-pensioner