|'The first time they had sex with me I was scared. Next time I got so drunk it didn't matter': Agony of girl, 13, 'groomed and raped by gang of men'One girl claimed her phone number was passed around the men who then exploited her for sexOne girl, 13, became pregnant and had to have the child abortedAnother said she was raped by two men while she was so drunk she vomited over the side of the bedA 16-year-old girl is alleged to have 'recruited' the girls for the menThe men all knew each other from a takeaway and a taxi service By Jaya Narain|
Last updated at 11:18 AM on 22nd February 2012
A 13-year-old girl was plied with alcohol and repeatedly raped by a gang of men, a court heard yesterday.
She was one of number of schoolgirls targeted by the gang of 11 men, who gave them drink and drugs before they raped them.
The vulnerable children were passed among the group and sometimes forced to have sex with several men in one day.
The young girls, who all came from broken homes, were often too incapacitated by drink or drugs to be able to fend off the men, it was alleged.
The jury heard one 13-year-old girl became pregnant by one man and had the baby aborted, while another teenager claimed she was raped by three men while she was being sick over the side of the bed.
Kabeer Hassan (left), from Oldham, and Qamar Shazad (right), from Rochdale, both deny rape
The gang was eventually smashed by police who arrested 11 men who yesterday appeared in court charged with a variety of sex offences against children, including rape, trafficking, sexual assault and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Rachel Smith, prosecuting, said the girls were not regularly in school and would simply hang around town with nothing to do. She said the men, who all knew each other, befriended the girls at two kebab shops, Tasty Bites and Balti House, in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.
Two of the men worked in the takeaways while four other men worked as cab drivers at local taxi firms, one was a student and four were jobless.
Miss Smith said the teenage girls were given food, alcohol and money by the men in return for sex, and a pattern of abuse began.
She told Liverpool Crown Court: ‘There were also times when the girls were subjected to violence to secure for the men the opportunity to have sex with them.
Mohammed Amin (left), who denies sexual assault, was among the defendants on trial along with Abdul Qayyum (right)
‘There were also occasions on which one or more of the girls were so incapacitated by alcohol and/or drugs that they were incapable of having any control over whether or with whom they had intercourse.’
The court was told some of the defendants took payment from other men in the group and then supplied them with the girls for sex.
But some of the girls were allegedly raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with ‘several men in a day, several times a week’.
The jury heard that five teenage girls, all younger than 16, suffered at the hands of the group of men between 2008 and 2010.
Miss Smith told the court the vulnerable girls all came from broken homes and one was also in care at the time of the abuse.
She told the jury: ‘The events and circumstances described by the girls are at best saddening and at worst shocking in places – no child should be exploited as these girls say they were.
Abdul Rauf (left) denies trafficking for sexual exploitation while Mohamed Sajid denies trafficking, two counts of rape and one allegation of sexual activity with a child
The court heard that the girls, some of whom believed they were the girlfriends of their abusers, were driven around to houses in Greater Manchester where men came in and out of bedrooms to have sex with them.
When they tried to refuse they were held down and raped. One later told police she was vomiting over the side of a bed having had a cocktail of alcohol when three men came into the bedroom and raped her.
Liquat Shah denies two counts of rape
She told police: ‘They were just having it in turns sort of thing. There was nothing I could do, I was throwing up...’
Miss Smith said that one girl, who was 13 when the alleged abuse began, told police that the men she met were ‘friends’ who looked after her and ‘her number would be passed around amongst the Pakistani men in her area’.
The girl is said to have told officers: ‘They pass it to their friends and they pass it to their friends, end up with a massive circle... everyone’s got it.’
Miss Smith said: ‘The prosecution say that what this girl was describing was the group activity of a number of adult men, including these defendants, who had spotted the opportunity to sexually exploit children who were vulnerable to that sort of exploitation and were taking it.’
The court heard that it was ‘common knowledge’ among the defendants that the girls were underage and that one defendant, Abdul Aziz, would give one 15-year-old lifts to school while another, Abdul Rauf, asked one girl if she knew anyone younger.
The court heard that on one occasion a 59-year-old man, who cannot be named, met two girls at a takeaway where they were given food and vodka.
He demanded sex from one 15-year-old, saying: ‘It’s part of the deal because I bought you vodka, you have to give me something.
Miss Smith said the girl refused and he raped her. When the girl started crying, he said: ‘Don’t cry, I love you.’
Kabeer Hassan, 24, Abdul Aziz, 41, Abdul Rauf, 43, Mohammed Sajid, 35, Adil Khan, 42, Abdul Qayyum, 43, Mohammed Amin, 44, Qamar Shahzad, 29, Liaquat Shah, 41, and Hamid Safi, 22, along with the 59-year-old man, have denied all charges.
The case continues.
A bomb alert at Liverpool Crown Court brought proceedings to a halt during the trial of the eleven men accused of grooming young children
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