The phrase Am I not a man and a brother comes from a famous piece of polemical pottery put out by Josiah Wedgewoon in the 18th Century to assist the campaign for the abolition of slavery. The image above is of a later interpretation of the original medallion that was released in 1787.
The anti slavery advocates were spread wide across the English speaking world and eventually slavery was ended in Britain in 1807 with the first of the anti slavery acts. We can take pride in ourselves as a nation in the fact that it was Britain that led the way in the 18th / 19th Centuries in abolishing slavery, despite having been a slave owning nation herself.
Many other nations followed Britain’s example and have abandoned the practice of slavery. However slavery is still far too common in Yemen, Saudi and other places where people have the misfortune to be ruled by Islam.
But don’t think that Islamic slavery looks like an old episode of ‘Roots’, this slavery isn’t happening in some flyblown desert hovel in some Islamic basket case nation, or on a plantation somewhere, it is happening right under our noses here in the UK. Instead of picking cotton, the Islamic slaves in Britain are overworked and abused in other ways.
The Daily Mail reports that a couple of Muslims have been put on trial at Croydon Crown Court accused of appalling sexual and physical abuse to an illiterate slave who they ‘owned’.
The Mail said:
“An Indian domestic worker was repeatedly raped and beaten by her employers who threatened to murder her if she complained, a court heard.
The 39-year-old vulnerable and illiterate mother-of-four was used as a ‘sexual toy’ and ‘general dogsbody’ by an extended family and their friend who forced her to become their slave for a total of six years.
She was scalded with boiling water, burned with a hot iron, beaten and threatened her throat would be cut and her body buried in a back garden if she didn’t do as she was told, a jury were told today.
Despite the woman approaching numerous agencies for help, Croydon Crown Court heard how the abuse continued.”
It would be interesting to know why she couldn’t be helped earlier, after all slavery is illegal in the UK, judging by this report the police do not look like they are going to come out of this smelling of roses, the fact that the victim has alleged to being pressured to drop the case should have rung alarm bells with the police. The dropping of the case should have looked very suspicious indeed, if the police were doing their jobs properly.
The Mail added:
“The court heard how the woman initially went to live with Aleemuddin Mohammed, 44, a supermarket manager, and his wife Shamina Yousuf, 42, after they successfully applied for the woman’s visa.
Both are accused of assaulting the woman and paying her just £24 during the two years and eight months she worked for them.
The woman was then allegedly forced to moved in with Mohammed’s mother, 56-year-old shop worker Shanaz Begum, and her partner, butcher Enkarta Balapovi, 53, who is accused of raping her.
After escaping the couple, she was then sent to live with an acquaintance of the family, optician Shashi Obhrai, 53, from Northwood, who is accused of assaulting her.
Prosecutor Miss Caroline Haughey said: ‘Each of these defendants treated her with contempt, ignoring her basic rights and taking advantage of her naivety, her vulnerability and her ignorance.
‘Each of the defendants knew of her lack of education, expectation and awareness, both in the UK and India, and used that to get her to comply with their wishes whether as a domestic worker, sexual toy or general dogsbody….”
The list of threats, injuries and abuse is appalling
The report continued:
“When Yousuf allegedly threw a cup at the victim, causing a two inch cut to her foot, she was arrested.
But Mohammed scared the woman into dropping the allegation and the police did not pursue the complaints she made to them.
After two years and eight months with the couple, who paid just £24 for that period, the victim escaped with the help of a Pakistani stranger at a supermarket.
But desperate to get her passport back, she agreed to move in with the couple’s in-laws Balapovi and Begum, where she massaged their legs and feet and was forced to work for £2-per hour at a sandwich shop downstairs.
‘It was while at this address she was subjected to a catalogue of sexual assaults by Balapovi,’ said Miss Haughey.
‘She describes how this happened repeatedly, usually on weekends, Mondays and Tuesdays. She says it happened for: “As long as I lived in the house”.’
After four months with the couple the victim was assisted by a charity and her rape complaints reported to the police, but she was then handed over to an acquaintance of her previous ’employers’, Obhrai, and her ordeal continued.
Her daily routine included cooking for eight people, washing, cleaning, looking after Obhrai’s sick mother and enduring beatings, hair pulling and threats at the hands of the defendant.
She was hospitalised after being pushed down a flight of stairs, struck with a rolling pin, burned with a hot iron and suffered stomach cramps and vomiting when forced to eat out of date food, the jury were told.
Again the victim fled and reported the abuse to police, but no action was taken and the beatings continued, with Obhrai threatening to slit her throat and bury her in the back garden…..The trial continues.”
I’m glad this has come to trial but it is disgusting that it this abuse was apparently allowed to continue for such a long period. Those agencies who it appeared could not help to free this slave may have some questions to answer. I wonder why the police took no action, it couldn’t be because those who were being accused of abuse were Muslim, could it? After the way the police have initially dealt with the Islamic Grooming Gang problem is it any wonder that such a question arises in the mind of the reader?
It makes my blood boil to see the cruelties of Islamic slavery being practised here in the UK and is yet more evidence why much of Islam is not compatible with free societies made up of equally valid citizens. I fear that this case is, like the Islamic Grooming Gang problem, only the tip of the iceberg, and that there may be many people being kept as slaves by Islamic families.
Original Daily Mail story
Durham University time-line for the abolition of slavery
About the Wedgewood medal