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Mar 16 2011

Woman Sentenced For Trafficking ‘Slave’ Into UK

A housewife who kept a Tanzanian woman as a modern-day slave in her Harrow bungalow has today, 16 March, been sentenced after being found guilty of human trafficking.  Saeeda Khan, a 68-year-old widow was found guilty of one count of trafficking people for exploitation under the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004 at Southwork Crown Court.

She received a 9 month sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £25,000 in compensation to the 48-year-old Tanzanian victim and also £15,000 in costs. These sums must be paid within the next 42 days.

The victim met Khan when she worked for her at a hospital in Tanzania prior to 2005. After she was made redundant, the victim wrote to the hospital to see if any other roles were available. She was told that there was one role working for Khan in England to assist with domestic help and care for her grown-up children.  The victim accepted this job offer and a contract was drawn up which stated that she would receive 120,000 Tanzanian shillings each month which equates to about £38.

In October 2006, the victim travelled to London where she began work. Khan confiscated her passport and visa documents and kept her belongings locked in the shed in the back garden.

Details of defendant:

Saeeda Khan, aged 68 (28.04.42) a house wife of Whitmore Road, Harrow was found guilty of one count of human trafficking at Southwark Crown Court today, 16 March. She received a 9 month sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to pay £25,000 in compensation to the 48-year-old Tanzanian victim and also £15,000 in costs. These sums must be paid within the next 42 days.

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