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Woman convicted of enslaving Tanzanian woman

A woman has been convicted of trafficking a Tanzanian national to the UK and using her as a ‘slave’.

47 year-old Mwanahamisi Mruke had been brought to Britain by Saeeda Khan, a former hospital director. She had promised to pay her 120,000 Tanzanian shillings per month (£50) with £10 for pocket money. Mruke said she agreed to the offer out of desperation to pay for a college education for her daughter, Zakia.

However when Mruke arrived in the UK Kahn then forced her to work tirelessly at her home in Harrow, London. She also had to sleep on the kitchen floor and was fed just two slices of bread per day. Kahn kept a bell by her bed that she would use to alert Mruke and order her around and stopped paying after one year and took away her passport.

But Kahn was found guilt by a Southwark crown court jury yesterday on trafficking and exploitation charges. The case is regarded as the first of its kind. Kahn was given nine months in jail and must pay £15,000 to police authorities and £25,000 to Mruke for compensation.

Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC called Kahn’s statements during the trial ‘a pack of lies’. He said to her during sentencing that her behaviour had been ‘greedy’ and ‘callous’ after the court had heard that she had forced Mruke to work from 0600 to midnight everyday and never was given a day off.

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