Arrest of St Eccles couple highlights how trading standards really can make a difference
Trading standards officers have been praised for their role in the discovery of an imprisoned young girl in Salford.
Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart has welcomed the jailing of a man who raped and imprisoned a young girl for nearly 10 years.
Ilyas Ashar (01/01/29) of Cromwell St, Eccles, was previously found guilty of 13 counts of rape following a re-trial at Minshull Street Crown Court.
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.
On Wednesday 23 October 2013, he was 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.
His wife, Tallat Ashar (21/05/45) of Cromwell St, Eccles, was found guilty at an earlier trial of two counts of trafficking people for exploitation and seven offences under the Social Security Act.
She was today sentenced to five years for each trafficking offence and 12 months for the social security offences, all to run concurrently.
Faazia Ashar (24/12/67) of Milton Rd, Eccles, was found guilty at an earlier trial of three offences under the Social Security Act. She was today sentenced to a 12 month community order and ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work.
Mr Stewart said: “Over the years this evil, callous man deprived a young girl of opportunities for education, health care and any chances to make friends and enjoy her teenage years. He has shown no regret or remorse for his despicable crimes and I am delighted he is now behind bars where he belongs.
Mr Stewart praised the council’s trading standards office along with the police who raised the alarm after visiting the victim’s home, in connection with counterfeiting investigations and social care staff who have worked with the young woman to help her rebuild her life.
“When we first met her she was timid, shy, unable to read or write. She couldn’t use a phone, didn’t understand money and had been deprived of any education.
“Our staff and the police worked patiently with her, using their skills and knowledge to build her trust and confidence, helping her to learn new skills to become independent.
“Thanks to their care and her remarkable resilience, she has now blossomed. She has her own home, travels with confidence on public transport, enjoys shopping and many other educational, social and cultural activities.”
Salford City Council
Tel: 0161 793 3410
DATE: 25 October 2013