Bradford trafficking gang kidnapped woman, 23, and then sold her to shop assistant as a slave (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Victim of human traffickers was raped and forced to wed man who bought her after being held in Bradford
A gang of human traffickers who were involved in snatching a young woman in Eastern Europe and holding her captive in Bradford are facing jail.
Imrich Bodor, 45, of Clipstone Street, West Bowling, Bradford, plied the 23-year-old victim with alcohol in the eastern Slovakian town of Templin before bringing her to this country.
She was taken to Bradford, where she was held captive before being ‘bought’ by Burnley store assistant Azam Kham to take part in a bogus wedding.
Jurors heard how Abdul Shinwary, of Washington Street, Girlington, Bradford, brought the 23-year-old to the corner shop where Khan, 38, worked, and she was imprisoned upstairs.
Khan not only beat her but raped her on at least three occasions, said prosecutor Joe Boyd. The couple were later ‘married’ in a mosque opposite the shop.
But an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public brought Lancashire Police to the store.
Police later conducted a number of raids in Bradford, arresting Bodor, Shinwary, and their associates Petra Dzudova, 25, and Kristina Makunova, 37.
Bodor and Dzudzova, both of Clipstone Street, were today convicted of trafficking and false imprisonment. Makunova, of Girlington Road, Bradford, admitted similar offences before the hearing.
Shinwary was also found guilty of trafficking, false imprisonment and sexual assault.
Azam Khan, 34, of Broughton Street, Burnley, was convicted of trafficking, three charges of rape, battery and false imprisonment. Nusrat Khan, 45, also from Burnley, was found guilty of false imprisonment.
Judge Gibson will pass sentence tomorrow.