A Romanian gipsy couple were jailed on Wednesday night for bringing a child into Britain and keeping her as a slave.
She was saved only when a 53-year-old man similarly kept as a slave in the garden shed of the family's London council house escaped - and told police of a 'Cinderella' used as a servant.
Astonished officers found the seven-year-old girl had been forced to sleep on the floor, had no possessions beyond the filthy clothes she was wearing and had been 'beaten like a carpet'.
She had been kept barefoot and eight of her black rotten teeth had to be removed.
She was unable to count to ten in her own language.
The family's eight children, meanwhile, wore fashionable clothes, and were allowed to go to school - when not out working for their parents as trained thieves and beggars.
The family used money from crime and benefits to buy 'palaces' in Romania.
Judge Shani Barnes, who noted that much-criticised Haringey council had failed to respond to repeated reports of a man being kept in a shed, said she was appalled such crimes could be committed in 21st-century London.
On Thursday, husband and wife Aurel-Ilie Zlatea, 45, and Alexandra Oaie, 44, and their sons Marian Neamu, 25, and Florin Zlatea, 23, were jailed for between nine and 13 years for a series of offences.
The sons had also battered and raped their adult slave after he asked for food on New Year's Eve.
All maintained their innocence but were convicted at a six-week trial. Judge Barnes told them: 'You stole this sweet and innocent little girl's childhood by your neglect and cruelty.
I can only imagine the purpose was to train her as a servant for your family. There is no evidence of you giving her any care whatsoever.
By the time she was six she had been your servant for years.
'She slept on the floor, never owned shoes, and had only the clothes she stood up in. She washed, cooked and cleaned for you, and was described as a Cinderella, while all your own children had fashionable clothes and went to school. No one had taken the time to talk to her or hold her.'
Judge Barnes told Croydon Crown Court that the mother of the family, Oaie, was 'cold, cynical and manipulative' and that her 'cruel nature' was behind the ghastly living conditions suffered by both 'slaves'.
Speaking of the man's existence as a 'filthy, cold, scavenging man living in a twilight misery', the judge added: 'It is hard to believe this was happening in leafy Wood Green in 2011.'
The jury heard that the family had employed the 53-year-old electrician at their luxury gated home in Romania, took his ID card and driving licence from him, and in 2010 brought him to Britain.
In London, he found the Cinderella girl working for the family. She had been a daughter of Zlatea's cleaner, and he had persuaded her to give him the child 'for a better life'.
The male captive was so shocked by the girl's plight that he named her Cenusareasa, the Romanian name for Cinderella.
The man said the girl was 'like a frightened animal' who was forced to carry debris on a building site, and look after animals and other children who 'beat her like she was a carpet'.
The youngster, who is now eight, is in foster care in
Britain. Within weeks of being rescued, after emergency dental care, she had learnt to count and can now read and speak fluent English. She is said to be flourishing.
Zlatea was jailed for nine and a half years, Oaie for nine, and Marian and Florin for 13 and nine years respectively.
All four are due to be sent back to Romania on release, but Judge Barnes said: 'I don't have any guarantee that they will be deported.'
Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland said outside court: 'It is hard to believe that something like this could be happening behind the closed doors of an ordinary house in Haringey. There was horror going on behind those curtains.' The couple's other children are being raised by relatives in Romania.
A spokesman for Haringey council said: 'We are looking into exactly what happened in this case to ensure our procedures were correctly followed.'