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.”