Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Ghana girl of 13 sold 'as slave'

Full Story: http://www.stopinjusticenow.com/News_0797.htm

A COUPLE smuggled a 13-year-old girl into Britain to work as their slave, a court heard yesterday. The teenager from Ghana claimed she was promised a proper education. But she was denied schooling and friends and treated as an unpaid skivvy, prosecutors said. Her ordeal ended after two years when she fled seeking medical treatment and went to Social Services. Accountant Samuel Quainoo, 59, and teacher wife Ernestina denied her claims, insisting she was "treated like a daughter". Gillian Frost, prosecuting, told Londons Isleworth Crown Court: "She was cleaning, cooking and washing. It was not a loving family relationship." She said Ernestina, 37, met the girls mother while living in Ghana in 2004. The teenager now 17 and applying for asylum was paid to work as a child-minder for her young son. But when Ernestina decided to return to the UK, she asked to take the girl with her. She promised the mum her daughter would get an education and job. The teacher flew the girl into Britain on fake papers, claiming she was her daughter, and rejoined her husband. The couple, of West Drayton, West London, admitted trafficking. But they strenuously denied treating the teen as a slave.

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