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Man at centre of London slavery case 'forced woman to perform sex acts'

“I know he is there. And I want him to hear it. I loathe him so much”.

Image: John Stillwell/PA

A COURT IN LONDON has heard the man accused of holding three women as slaves in his house for three decades forced one of them to perform sex acts, sometimes once a week, for six years.

Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, and his wife Chandra were arrested after their three alleged captives were freed in a police operation in 2013. The couple were prominent Maoist sect activists in the 1970s and Balakrishnan has been named as leader of the Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought in south London.

As his trial began earlier this month, the court heard he had terrorised women in the commune over decades.

Yesterday Southwark crown court heard he had forced one woman to give him oral sex and commit humiliating acts on him while she was living there, The Guardian reports.

Balakrishnan denies seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of rape against two women during the 1970s and 1980s. He also denies three counts of actual bodily harm, cruelty to a child under the age of 16 and false imprisonment.

“I despise him”

His alleged victims cannot be named for legal reasons. The woman told the court yesterday that she had joined the commune in 1976 and that Balakrishnan had hit her and told her he could easily kill her. She said women at the commune were given one hour slots in which to see him and they would be forced to have sex with him.

Speaking from behind a screen in court, she said: “I know he is there. And I want him to hear it. I loathe him so much. He must know that. How I despise him”.

The court has previously heard that the man’s daughter was beaten, bullied, banned from going to school or playing with friends. She barely left the house, jurors heard.

Brought up as “collective property”, she was terrified into subjugation, Rosina Cottage counsel for the prosecution said. She had to “worship the defendant as God,” the prosecutor said.

Balakrishnan convinced followers, he controlled the Sun, Moon, wind and fires. They thought he had a mind control machine monitoring their thoughts.

The trial continues.

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