UK: Muslims kept up to 42 slaves in two-bedroom house

“Prosecutors said company owner Mohammed Rafiq and two other men who had positions within the firm – Mohammed Patel and Mohammed Dadhiwala – knew that workers supplied to them by Orsos were trafficked.”

Why didn’t they care? Here are some possible clues:

The Qur’an has Allah telling Muhammad that he has given him girls as sex slaves: “Prophet, We have made lawful to you the wives to whom you have granted dowries and the slave girls whom God has given you as booty.” (Qur’an 33:50)

Muhammad bought slaves: “Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: There came a slave and pledged allegiance to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) on migration; he (the Holy Prophet) did not know that he was a slave. Then there came his master and demanded him back, whereupon Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: Sell him to me. And he bought him for two black slaves, and he did not afterwards take allegiance from anyone until he had asked him whether he was a slave (or a free man).” (Muslim 3901)

Muhammad took female Infidel captives as slaves: “Narrated Anas: The Prophet offered the Fajr Prayer near Khaibar when it was still dark and then said, ‘Allahu-Akbar! Khaibar is destroyed, for whenever we approach a (hostile) nation (to fight), then evil will be the morning for those who have been warned.’ Then the inhabitants of Khaibar came out running on the roads. The Prophet had their warriors killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives. Safiya was amongst the captives. She first came in the share of Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet. The Prophet made her manumission as her ‘Mahr.’” (Bukhari 5.59.512) Mahr is bride price: Muhammad freed her and married her. But he didn’t do this to all his slaves:

Muhammad owned slaves: “Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle was on a journey and he had a black slave called Anjasha, and he was driving the camels (very fast, and there were women riding on those camels). Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Waihaka (May Allah be merciful to you), O Anjasha! Drive slowly (the camels) with the glass vessels (women)!’” (Bukhari 8.73.182) There is no mention of Muhammad’s freeing Anjasha.

Leeds Crown Court

“Up to 42 ‘slaves’ forced to sleep in two bedroom house in Rand Place, Bradford, court hears,” by Michael Black, Telegraph & Argus, October 8, 2015 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur):

UP to 42 people were forced to sleep in a two bedroom house in Bradford after being brought into the country by a human trafficking gang, a trial has heard.

Leeds Crown Court was told how Mark Kovacs lived in the house in Rand Place, Bradford, and worked 11 hours a day for a bed company in Kirklees.

He was also expected to work for free at weekends doing house renovations, painting and gardening, from 9am to anything up to 6pm or 7pm, before he finally escaped “the clutches” of the organisation’s boss, a jury was told.

Ethical audits by a series of leading high street retailers failed to spot the bed supplier was employing a “slave workforce”.

Large numbers of Hungarian nationals were employed by Kozee Sleep which supplied firms including John Lewis, Next and Dunelm Mill, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Three men connected to the West Yorkshire business have gone on trial accused of people trafficking.

A jury has been told that the Hungarians were provided to Kozee Sleep by Janos Orsos and his people-trafficking organisation to work at the firm’s factory in Dewsbury and its subsidiary, Layzee Sleep, in Batley.

Prosecutors said company owner Mohammed Rafiq and two other men who had positions within the firm – Mohammed Patel and Mohammed Dadhiwala – knew that workers supplied to them by Orsos were trafficked.

Christopher Tehrani QC, prosecuting, told the jury: “Kozee Sleep provided some of the UK’s largest retailers with beds and mattresses either directly or through intermediary companies.

“These companies included Next Plc, the John Lewis Partnership and Dunelm Mill.

“As part of the contract, Kozee Sleep was required to adhere to each company’s policies re ethical trading, which included how they treated persons who worked on their premises.”

Mr Tehrani said each firm conducted regular ethical audits prior to May 2014 but he said: “Nothing untoward had been uncovered during those audits.”

The prosecutor has told the jury: “The prosecution submit that the three defendants were involved with Janos Orsos and his human trafficking organisation to source them cheap slave labour to work at Kozee Sleep and Layzee Sleep factories.

“The prosecution case is that the three defendants were aware of the circumstances of the Hungarian nationals who were working at these sites and went along with their exploitation as a slave workforce for their own and others’ gain.”

Rafiq, 60, of Thorncliffe Road, Staincliffe, Patel, 40, of Carr Side Crescent, Batley, and Dadhiwala, 46, of Upper Mount Street, Batley Carr, all deny a single count of conspiracy to traffic individuals within the UK….

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