Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 20:25 pm (KSA) 17:25 pm (GMT)

Prodigy to prostitute: Tragic fall for UK Muslim

Sufiah Yusof then and now: student (L) and call girl (R)
Sufiah Yusof then and now: student (L) and call girl (R)

A gifted Malaysian student who won a place at Oxford at the age of 13 has been exposed as a $260-an-hour (£130) prostitute, British press reports said, in a tragic tale of the prominent UK-based Muslim family's fall from grace.

Sufiah Yusof, 23, advertises her body on an Internet sex site and works out of a back street flat in Salford, 320 kilometers (200 miles) north west of London, the UK's Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

According to the paper, she describes herself as a '"very pretty size 8, 32D bust and 5ft 5in tall - available for booking every day from 11am to 8pm" with a preference for "older gentlemen".

When an undercover reporter visited her at the flat, Yusof stripped naked and gyrated on a bed as she reeled off her list of services, the paper added.

Yusof's family was once hailed as the "brightest in Britain" after she and two of her siblings won places at Oxford by the time they were 16, the paper said.

Yusof began studying at the university in 1997 at the age of 13, but ran away three years later, saying her parents had put too much pressure on her to succeed.

She was found by police 12 days later working as a waitress at an Internet café, but refused to return to her parents, who had given up their jobs to educate their five children at home.

At the time, Yusof accused her "controlling and bullying" father of forcing her to work in the cold to help concentration and said she never wanted to see him again, the paper said.

The prostitution exposé comes just days after her father was jailed for sexually assaulting two teenaged students, the Daily Mail said.

A British court jailed Farooq Khan for 18 months after he admitted to groping two girls, both aged 15, while tutoring them in math at his home. He had been jailed for three years in 1992 for his part in a $3 million (£1.5 million) mortgage swindle involving several family members.

When contacted by the Daily Mail, Yusof's mother Halimahton, 51, a scientist, said she had no idea her daughter was working as a prostitute.

Speaking from her home in Coventry, she said: "I didn't know anything about that. I am not in touch with Sufiah any more. I have got no comment."

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