Gambling addict jailed for 17 years after enslaving and raping Bangladeshi student

Abdul Hanif, 30 (left) and the house where he enslaved the Bangladeshi student (right). Photo: Ross Parry

A gambling addict who kidnapped, raped and enslaved a Bangladeshi student has been locked up for 17 years.

Abdul Hanif, 30, was imprisoned on Tuesday after the court heard how he kept a vulnerable woman in a flat and repeatedly attacked her.

Due to the sexual abuse she endured, the victim’s relationship with her family has been affected.

She told a court Hanif had destroyed her life. “I can’t smile anymore,” she said.

“I feel as if my life has been totally ruined through no fault of my own, because of Abdul Hanif.”

The woman has been left psychologically scarred and suicidal.

She had initially asked Hanif for help in finding somewhere to live after she met him in London, where she was studying on a student visa from Bangladesh.

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He promised her a “nice new home” but instead he abducted her and drove her to Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The woman, who was still a virgin, was forced to have unprotected sex. She was also ordered to cook and clean for him over a four month period.

When she resisted he tried to throttle her with a mobile phone charger chord.

Gambling addict Hanif stripped her of her phone and bank card before plundering her account. Once he had gambled away her money he tried to pimp her for sex.

In June last year she managed to telephone a former friend of Hanif, and reveal what she was enduring. Police were alerted and freed her by battering down to door to the flat.

A jury at Bradford Crown Court took just 90 minutes to convict Hanif of three sample counts of rape and a charge of causing actual bodily harm after a week long trial.

Sentencing him, Judge Peter Benson said: “Your victim was a young woman who came to London where she had no family and a limited number of friends and she struggled to find her feet.

“You seized this opportunity and lied to her and pretended you had found her a home owned by a friend.

“Instead of that you brought her against her will to Bradford and when she realised you were leaving London you frightened her and told her you would abandon her.

“This was a young lady who was virtually alone in a big foreign country. You wickedly exploited that vulnerability.

“You forced her into having sex against her will and when she refused you struck her and threatened her.

“You used her as a sexual resource and you controlled her and isolated her by restricting the use of her phone and locking her in.

“You took her bank card so you had control of her finances such as they were and you repeatedly raped her on an almost daily basis using no contraception.

“You treated her like a slave and went off to work, taking the only key. She was a prisoner and had no life at all as you made her cook and clean for you.

“You humiliated her by rejecting the food that she cooked and all the while you satisfied your sexual appetite.

“Eventually when you had gambled away any money that you had, you offered her to a friend for sexual purposes but you then threatened to turn her into a prostitute for funds to feed your gambling addiction.

“Your threats to turn her into a prostitute finally caused her to find the courage to escape.”

Hanif was also ordered to sign the sex offences register for life.

Detective Constable Brett Carter, of Protective Services at West Yorkshire Police, said: “Hanif befriended his victim when she was vulnerable, but then went on to repeatedly rape and assault her.

“This must have been a harrowing ordeal for her and we would like to thank her for the courage she has shown in coming forward and reporting Hanif’s crimes.

“We hope the sentence which has been passed down on him today will be of some comfort to her and will help to give her some closure.

“We also hope it will encourage other victims of sexual abuse to speak to our specially-trained officers, who will investigate all reports, no matter how historic, sensitively and thoroughly with the aim of securing a conviction against offenders.”

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