Posted on March 21, 2011

British Widow Saeeda Khan Jailed for Keeping Tanzanian Woman Mwanahamisi Mruke As ‘Slave’

Corky Siemaszko, Daily News (New York), March 17, 2011

A Tanzanian woman was kept as a “slave” by a British widow for nearly four years during which she was fed just two slices of bread a day–and made to sleep on the kitchen floor.

Mwanahamisi Mruke was forced to work around the clock by a cruel mistress who hid her passport, ordered her about by ringing a bell–and didn’t give her a single day off during her servitude, British papers reported Thursday.

The harsh details of Mruke’s imprisonment came out during a trial that ended with the conviction of Saeeda Khan on a human trafficking charge–reportedly the first case of its kind in an English court.


{snip} Rivlin [Judge Geoffrey Rivlin] sentenced Khan to nine months in prison and about $60,000 in fines and court costs.