Pakistani girl trafficked to Britain to work as slave for nearly a decade

photo from NY Daily News article

According to the New York Daily News, a deaf and mute Pakistani girl was locked in a cellar for nearly a decade in Britain where was forced to work as a virtual slave.

The young girl, who is believed to be 19 or in her 20s, was trafficked into Britain when she was 10 years old and brought to Manchester, where she remained captive until 2009 when police raided the house.

The girl used an interpreter and sign language to describe how she was allegedly hit with a rolling pin, forced to work for free, slept on a concrete floor in a bolted cellar and was sexually abused by Ilyas Ashar, 83.

Ashar and his wife, Tallat Ashar, 63, are charged with “false imprisonment, human trafficking, sexual offenses, violence and benefit fraud. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges,” according to the article.

The Pakistani couple is “also accused of allegedly claiming benefits in her name but withholding any proceeds.”


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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