Germany: Syrian father and son held virgin captive as slave

As of today, a 48-year-old man and his 22-year-old son have to answer to the Weiden Regional Court. They are accused of kidnapping. The 22-year-old is accused of dangerous bodily harm in several cases and rape in 4 cases.It all focuses on a young woman from Syria, who was still a minor in the spring of 2018 and who, according to Islamic law, was married to the defendant Ahmad E. from abroad. The two defendants smuggled her to Germany, where the marriage was renewed once again. Since, according to the indictment, the young woman did not ” work” in the sense of the defendants, she was put under massive pressure. This ultimately culminated in her being severely beaten repeatedly with a belt or with her fist. Sometimes to the point of unconsciousness. This was followed by rape and further humiliation.In the end, the woman was to be brought back to Syria via Turkey in order to separate her permanently from her baby, which she bore to the accused. In Ankara she was picked up and taken to the women’s shelter for victims of human trafficking there. On September 11 last year, she was then brought back to Germany by air from Ankara.

The ordeal of the young Syrian woman is over. With her testimony she wanted to draw attention to the way things often happen behind closed doors in her country, according to Birgit Hofmann, lawyer for the civil suit.

The trial will continue on the 7th of July.

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