17/11/2010 15:54 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Couple Sold Their Daughter Into Slavery In Exchange For Second-Hand Car

A couple 'traded in' their teenage daughter for a second-hand car to another family who used her as a slave and abused her for three years, a court in France has heard.

The 23-year-old woman was sold for £600 'part-exchange' for a second-hand hatchback, then subjected to sexual and physical abuse between 2003 to 2006 at a travellers' camp outside Paris, it is alleged.

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, had to look after the couple's 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.

A police source told France's Le Post online newspaper: '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.'

Le Post added: 'The girl's parents handed their daughter over to another couple in part exchange for a used car, with her value being estimated at around £600.

'Police have told us she was treated worse than an animal, with beatings, sexual abuse and scraps of food being tossed on the ground for her to eat.

'Her identity papers were stolen while her captors illegally claimed her unemployment benefit, and she was chained up at night to prevent her escaping.'

The defendants face between two and 15 years in prison for the offences. The trial is set to last until December 17.