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Man jailed for raping deaf, mute girl in UK

Man jailed in UK for raping deaf girl he had trafficked from Pakistan, treated as slave

Man jailed for raping deaf, mute girl in UK

LONDON (AP) -- An 84-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in Britain for repeatedly raping a deaf and mute girl he trafficked into the U.K. and kept as a virtual slave.

Ilyas Ashar -- who brought the girl into the U.K. from Pakistan in 2000 when she was around 10 -- was previously convicted on trafficking and benefits fraud charges in relation to the child.

The victim in the case, who is now a young woman and cannot be identified for legal reasons, was beaten and kept in a cellar.

Judge Peter Lakin sentenced Ashar on Wednesday, saying he had not treated the girl as a human being but as "merely an object to be used, abused and cast aside."

Ashar had pleaded not guilty.

Updated : 2021-05-17 09:47 GMT+08:00