Deaf slave did not understand border staff, jury told
A deaf girl allegedly trafficked to the UK from Pakistan and imprisoned in a cellar where she was abused and raped was spoken to by UK border officials when she arrived in the country, a court heard yesterday.
The girl, who cannot be named, is believed to have been aged between 10 and 12 when she arrived in the country. However, giving evidence at Minshull Street Crown Court using sign language and via an interpreter, the girl said she could not understand what the passport officials were saying to her.
Ilyas Ashar, 83, and his wife Tallat Ashar, 66, from Eccles, Greater Manchester, deny human trafficking and false imprisonment.
The girl said her body ached from being forced to do constant cooking and cleaning and that she was spied on by "the old lady" of the house. She had previously told the court that she had been slapped, beaten, sexually abused and hit with a rolling pin.
The girl was kept as a virtual slave and endured a decade of abuse at the couple's house, jurors in Manchester were told.
It is also alleged benefits were falsely claimed in the girl's name.
The girl – now aged between 19 and 21 but whose precise age is unknown – was locked in a cellar without toilet facilities each night and had to sleep on a concrete floor, jurors were told.
Mr Ashar also denies 12 counts of rape and Mrs Ashar one count of sexual assault and unlawful wounding. In addition, the couple, along with their daughter Faaiza, 44, deny charges of benefit fraud.
The case continues.
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 5 Game of Thrones is most-pirated TV show of 2014