10.23.1312:48 PM ET

Pakistani Couple Found Guilty of Child Trafficking

Deaf girl was raped, forced to work without pay, and made to live in a cellar.

An elderly man who is accused of trafficking a girl from Pakistan to Britain when she was ten years old, then allegedly exploited and raped her, was found guilty and sentenced to 13 years in prison last week. The man, Ilyas Ashar, age 84, collected the equivalent of $48,000 in government benefits in the girl’s name and forced her to sleep in a “sparse, cold and damp” cellar. When sentencing Ashar, the judge in the case condemned the couple as “pure evil” and “deeply unpleasant, highly manipulative and dishonest people.” Ilyas’ wife, Tallat Ashar, 68 years old, had already been convicted of trafficking and benefit fraud in an earlier trial, and the couple’s daughter was sentenced to 12 months of community service.