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Indian woman kept as 'slave' for four years in London

An Indian woman brought to London to work as a nanny was treated like a slave and was beaten and raped, a court has heard.

The unnamed victim, a 39-year-old mother-of-four from Hyderabad, worked at three households between 2003 and 2006 but was only paid a total of £2300 in that time.

Prosecutors say she was treated like a “sexual toy” and was repeatedly threatened at knifepoint.

The victim first worked for supermarket manager Aleemuddin Mohammed, 35, and his wife, Shamina Yousuf, 33, of Edgware, north London, before moving in with shop worker Shahnaz Begum, 57, and her partner, butcher Enkarta Balapovi, 53, both from St John's Wood, north-west London, the court heard.

She finally worked for Shashi Obhrai, 54, and her husband Balram in Northwood.

All five defendants deny the charges which include trafficking for exploitation.

The court heard that on her arrival the woman's passport was taken from her and she was made to work up to 16 hours a day for 365 days a year.

Giving evidence she said: "I wanted to make a future for my children and send them to state school."

The court heard that during police interviews, she said: "Just because I'm illiterate and cannot read or write, I have been treated so badly.

"They have not let me live in peace."

Prosecutor Caroline Haughey said the defendants made the victim "comply with their wishes whether as a domestic worker, sexual toy or general dogsbody".

The lawyer said: "She was entitled to something in the region of £100,000 - more within the region of £150,000 - for the hours that she worked and the work that she did."

The case continues.

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