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Justice has been done today – Deputy Commissioner

Ilyas Ashar

Greater Manchester’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed today’s sentencing of three people after a 10-year-old girl was trafficked into the UK.

Today, Ilyas Ashar, 84, of Cromwell Road, Eccles was jailed for 13 years for rape, trafficking and social security offences.

His wife, Tallat Ashar, 68, also of Cromwell Road, Eccles, was jailed for five years for trafficking offences and social security offences.

Jim Battle said: “Today’s sentence reflects the horrific nature of this case and we can’t begin to imagine what this young woman suffered over more than a decade. She has shown tremendous courage and it is remarkable that she has grown into a confident, strong young woman. I hope she can find some comfort in the fact that Ashar will never see the light of day again.

“Justice has been done today, thanks to the efforts of Greater Manchester Police, Salford Trading Standards and the Crown Prosecution Service, working together to secure a conviction. This should send a warning to those heinous individuals who think it acceptable to traffic people into this country purely to be exploited, that they will be pursued and they will be brought to justice.” 

The victim, who is deaf and unable to speak, was brought into this country in 2000. She was then kept essentially as a domestic slave in her Salford home and repeatedly raped by Ilyas Ashar over the course of a decade. Despite her ordeal, the victim, who was found by police sleeping in a cot in a cellar, has grown into a confident and well-adjusted young woman since being rescued.

Ashar was found guilty at Minshull Street Crown Court on Wednesday 16 October of 13 counts of rape. He had earlier been found guilty of two counts of trafficking people for exploitation and three offences under the Social Security Act at an earlier trial. He was today sentenced to 13 years for the rape offences and five years each, to run concurrently, for the trafficking offences and eight months, also concurrent, for the social security offences.

Tallat Ashar was found guilty at an earlier trial of two counts of trafficking people for exploitation and seven offences under the Social Security Act. She has been sentenced to five years for each trafficking offence and 12 months for the social security offences, all to run concurrently.

Faazia Ashar was found guilty at an earlier trial of three offences under the Social Security Act. She was given a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work for social security offences.

Read the full background to the case on GMP’s website.

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