Farooq Yusof made claims that his daughter had been kidnapped by anorganisation seeking the key to her intelligence during herdisappearance. Her family was praised as the most brilliant in thecountry after she entered Oxford and places at the university were alsogiven to her brother and sister, aged just 12 and 15.However last week Yusof’s father pleaded guilty to sexually assaultingtwo 15-year-old girls and has since been sentenced to 18 months inprison. Her mother, Halimahton Yusof, who hasn’t heard from her forthree years, is pleading for her to return to the family home.Yusof grew up as a strict Muslim and followed her father’s ‘AcceleratedLearning Technique’, which he developed after privately tutoringstudents in maths. Part of the routine includes stretching andbreathing exercises in freezing temperatures in order to keep her brainticking.Now aged 23, Yusof said in her interview, “I grew up too quickly. From11, I was studying maths all the time. I didn’t have any friends.”However she continued, “I don’t have any regrets.” A maths prodigy who went to Oxford at the age of 13 was exposed as a£130-an-hour escort girl in a surge of media attention during theEaster vacation. The first time Sufiah Yusof featured in national papers was when she wasawarded a place at St Hilda’s College in 1997 having just entered herteens. She appeared in the papers three years later after running awayfrom Oxford and sparking a nationwide police search to find her.Under the alias Shilpa Lee, she is earning a living as an escort girlin what some commentators have called a defiant act of rebellionagainst her father, Faroq Yusof. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sufiah spoke out about her newlifestyle. “People think escorting is sleazy and terrible but I don’tsee it like that. I have a nice life and I am in control.”As part of the £130 deal, Sufiah says she whispers algebraic fractionsinto the ears of her clients. She says, “I have a far more glamorouslife than I ever dreamed of when I went to Oxford.”While missing in 2000, Yusof emailed her sister Asisha saying, “I’vefinally had enough of 15 years of physical and emotional abuse. Youknow what I’m talking about.” Yusof has more recently claimed that herfather pressured her.
The operation was conducted in an intensive international cooperation with Spanish, Dutch, Slovenian, Bosnian and Czech authorities as well as the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), officials said. The five — two Croatians, one Albanian, one Serb and one Slovenian national — took over the drugs that had been brought in on a container ship from Brazil and were thought to be about to forward it to a further destination. Six Croatian nationals, suspected of taking part in the smuggling ring, were detained the week before in Croatia and neighboring Bosnia, police official Tomislav Stambuk said. By Dialogo May 26, 2011 Police in Croatia and Spain smashed a trans-Atlantic cocaine smuggling ring from the Balkans, arresting 11 people suspected of trafficking some 700 kilos of cocaine, officials said on 24 May. The street value of the drugs is estimated at more than 20 million euros (28 million dollars). The detained, suspected of being members of so-called “Balkan Cartel,” smuggled at least 718 kilos (1,580 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil into Europe in 2010, the deputy head of the national Bureau for the Fight against Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK), Natalija Petkovic, told journalists. Another five suspects were detained earlier in May in the Spanish port of Valencia and the police seized 368 kilos of cocaine. Croatia lies on the so-called Balkans route used by criminals to smuggle drugs, weapons and immigrants towards western Europe.