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Man faces sentence for servant rape
A pensioner who repeatedly raped a deaf and mute girl he trafficked into the UK to work as his domestic servant will be sentenced later today.
Ilyas Ashar, 84, sexually abused his vulnerable victim who he brought into the UK from Pakistan aged 10 in June 2000.
The girl, who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak, was beaten and slapped and forced to sleep and work in the cellar of the Ashars' family home in Cromwell Road, Eccles in Salford.
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.
For almost a decade the girl had to work for the Ashar family, who are understood to have a number of business interests in market stalls.
Their victim, who had no family or friends in the UK and had never been to school in Pakistan or Britain, told Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester: "I was sad and weak because I was working so hard. I had to clean all the time and that was it - that was my life. I'd cook and clean for hours.
"I would be sitting in there crying for hours and hours, sitting alone."
Peter Cadwallader, prosecuting the Ashars in the first of two trials, told the jury: "She was physically abused, she was sexually abused and she was exploited economically. She had nowhere to go. Who could she have turned to? She knew nothing else."
Ashar will be sentenced later today at the same court for 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, will be sentenced for two counts of trafficking a person into the UK for exploitation and four counts of furnishing false information to obtain a benefit.
Their 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.