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Burnley slave case police in pledge on trafficking
12:22pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Burnley
PROSECUTORS have pledged to continue to work to combat ‘modern-day slavery’ after jail sentences of more than 30 years were handed out to a trio who trafficked a young woman into Burnley.
Today Azam Khan, 34, of Brougham Street, is beginning a 12-year jail sentence for imprisoning and repeatedly raping a Slovakian girl of 20, who was kept above a corner shop after undergoing a sham marriage.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers have paid tribute to the victim’s ‘bravery’, which also saw two Bradford man jailed for nine years and 10 years three months for trafficking offences.
Emma Kehoe, crown advocate for CPS North West, said the victim’s welfare had been ‘paramount’ throughout the trial.
She added: “We have gone to great lengths to ensure she has been given the best possible support, including enlisting the services of a specialist translator.
“All cases of human trafficking are extremely serious, complex and require sensitive handling. The CPS will continue to work with police and other agencies to tackle this form of modern-day slavery.”