London, Nov 17 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a couple allegedly traded in their daughter for a used car to another family who used her as a sex slave for three years.
A court in France heard that the 23-year-old woman was allegedly sold for 600 pounds, 'part-exchange' for a second-hand hatchback, then subjected to sexual and physical abuse from 2003 to 2006 at a travelers' camp outside Paris.
The parents are among eight men and six women appearing before judges in Melun charged with human trafficking and acts of rape, barbarism and torture.
The daughter, named only as Sabrina, was sold to Franck Franoux, 58, and his partner Florence Carrasco, 56, in return for the car, then made to live chained up in a squalid shed.
She was burned with an iron and cigarette ends, made to look after their seven children, beaten with iron bars and sticks and hired out for sex to other men.
When she finally fell critically ill, she was dumped outside a Paris hospital, with no teeth left and weighing less than six stone, the court was told.
"She was in a deplorable physical and psychological state. She needed reconstructive operations on her nose and ears, which had been mutilated. It took her a year to recover from her ordeal and she will bear the physical and mental scars all her life," the Daily Mail quoted a police source as telling France's Le Post:Police also informed that she was treated worse than an animal, with beatings, sexual abuse and scraps of food being tossed on the ground for her to eat.
The defendants face between two and 15 years in prison for the offences and the trial is set to last until December 17. (ANI)