Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Men 'passed girls around for sex'

Kabeer Hassan arrives at Liverpool Crown Court
Qamar Shahzad (left) and Mohammed Amin are accused, along with nine other men, of exploiting five underage girls for sex

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

Five girls from broken homes were "shared" by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Qamar Shahzad, Liaquat Shah, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

One 13-year-old victim fell pregnant to one of the defendants and had the child aborted, the court was told.

Another teenager recalled being raped by two men while she was "so drunk she was vomiting over the side of the bed".

The court heard that 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".

Rachel Smith, opening the case for the prosecution, said the girls - aged between 13 and 15 - were given alcohol, food and money in return for sex but that there were times when violence was used.

"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 sexual intercourse," she said.

The offences are said to have happened in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 2008 and 2009. The court was told that some of the defendants paid the girls and took payments from other men to whom they supplied the girls for sex.

Hassan, 24, Aziz, 41, Rauf, 43, Sajid, 35, Khan, 42, Qayyum, 43, Amin, 44, Shahzad, 29, Shah, 41, and Safi, 22, are charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16.

They have all pleaded not guilty along, as has the 59-year-old man who cannot be named. He also 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.

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