Court told gang plied teens with booze and drugs for sex

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A GROUP of 11 men plied girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs so they could use them for sex, a court heard.

The five girls, aged be­tween 13 and 15 when the al­leged abuse be­gan, were passed around by the men “who acted to­gether to sex­u­ally ex­ploit the girls”, a trial at Liver­pool Crown Court was told.

All the girls were from bro­ken homes and one was in care.

Rachel Smith, open­ing the case for the pros­e­cu­tion, told the jury: “Some of you may find what you are about to hear dis­tress­ing. 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.”

The court heard some of the girls were raped and phys­i­cally as­saulted and some were forced to have sex with “sev­eral men in a day, sev­eral times a week”.

The of­fences are said to have taken place in and around Rochdale, Greater Manch­ester, in 2008 and 2009.

The court was told some of the de­fen­dants paid the girls and took pay­ments from other men to whom they sup­plied the teens for sex.

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, are charged with con­spir­acy to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with chil­dren un­der the age of 16.

The men have all pleaded not guilty along with a 59-year-old man who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons.

He de­nies two counts of rape, aid­ing and abet­ting a rape, one count of sex­ual as­sault and an al­le­ga­tion of traf­fick­ing within the UK for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

Has­san, of Old­ham, and Shahzad, of Rochdale, also deny rape.

Aziz, of Rochdale, de­nies two counts of rape and one al­le­ga­tion of traf­fick­ing for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

Khan and Rauf, both of Rochdale, have also pleaded not guilty to traf­fick­ing for sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

Sa­jid, of Rochdale, de­nies traf­fick­ing, two counts of rape and one al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child.

Amin, of Rochdale, de­nies sex­ual as­sault.

Shah and Safi, both of Rochdale, each de­nied two counts of rape and Safi has also pleaded not guilty to traf­fick­ing.

Aziz, Khan, Safi and the 59-year-old are re­manded in cus­tody.

Qayyum, of Rochdale, and the other de­fen­dants are on bail.

The court heard the men knew each other and two of them worked in the takeaways Tasty Bites and the Balti House, in Hey­wood, Rochdale.

Four of the other men worked as taxi driv­ers at lo­cal cab firms, one was a stu­dent and four were job­less.

The men were known to the girls by nick­names such as “Mas­ter” and “Tiger”, the court was told.

The girls would of­ten spend their days “un­su­per­vised by re­spon­si­ble adults”.

They were not in school reg­u­larly and “drank and smoked and hung around with lit­tle to do”.

Miss Smith said they were the “sort of chil­dren who were easy to iden­tify, tar­get and ex­ploit for the sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion of these men”.

One girl told po­lice the men she met were “friends” who looked af­ter her and “her num­ber would be passed around the Pak­istani men in her area”.

She told of­fi­cers: “When you’ve got Asian friends, your num­ber gets passed. They pass it to their friends, and they pass it to their friends. It ends up with a mas­sive cir­cle…ev­ery­one’s got it.”

Miss Smith told the jury that one of the older girls, who was 16 at the time of the al­leged abuse, re­cruited younger girls for the men as well as hav­ing sex with them for money.

The court heard that on one oc­ca­sion, the 59-year-old un­named man 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.”

On an­other oc­ca­sion, the 59-year-old took one of the girls to Old­ham where she was raped by an­other male whom she did not know.

On the way home, he told her: “Don’t tell any­one. I’ll give you money, I’ll give you any­thing you want.”

The court heard about an­other oc­ca­sion when the man said he gave girls the vodka as a “treat” and they had to have sex with other men.

He also plied girls with cannabis, the court heard.

The jury heard that in Au­gust 2008, Ab­dul Aziz “took over” from the 59-year-old ac­cused and started tak­ing girls to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions where they would have sex with older men – in­clud­ing a flat in Rochdale where Mo­hammed Sa­jid and Mo­hammed Shazad lived – where a “group of men” would al­ways be wait­ing to have sex with them.

The court heard on an­other oc­ca­sion the same two de­fen­dants raped her to­gether with Safi say­ing, “I want a turn, I want a turn” af­ter Shah car­ried out the first rape.

She also said the two men raped her while she was so drunk “she was vom­it­ing over the side of the bed” af­ter drink­ing Sambuca, vodka, beer and Jack Daniels.

She told po­lice: “They were just hav­ing it in turns sort of thing. There was noth­ing I could do – I was throw­ing up, I just kept throw­ing up. And I felt like I couldn’t move.”

Miss Smith said: “They saw her be­ing sick and each raped her.

The case con­tin­ues.

Amin, Qayyam, Rauf, Has­san and (

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Sa­jid, Shahzad and Shah

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