12 year-old girl ‘passed around like a piece of meat by gang and sold for sex’


A 12-year-old girl was “passed around like a piece of meat” as she was sold for sex and humiliated by a group of men, a court heard today.

The child was allegedly made to perform sex acts in a churchyard, raped above a shop on a filthy mattress and abused when she tried to refuse their advances.

A court heard how the victim was urinated on by one of the five men, all of whom went on trial today.

The offences are said to have taken place in and around Telford, Shropshire, and went on for some years.

The alleged victim is now an adult, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

Michelle Heeley QC, prosecuting, said: “This case involves the sexual exploitation of a young girl, a girl passed around like a piece of meat for the sexual gratification of several young men, some of whom are in the dock.

“Each of these defendants deny that they in any way abused anyone.

“The prosecution say, having heard the evidence, you can be sure they did.

“She was befriended at a time when she was low, by a man called Tanveer Ahmed.”

Ahmed worked making takeaway deliveries for Perfect Pizza in the town, with jurors told the location was relevant, as the alleged victim claimed she was assaulted above the shop.

The jury heard Ahmed was not on trial alongside the other five defendants, having been deported to Pakistan for other “unrelated offences”.

After “befriending” the young girl, it was alleged Ahmed started forcing her to perform sex acts with other men.

Ms Heeley said: “One night he drove her to a flat above a shop, he took her into a room where there were three older men, and he told her she had to have sex with these men.

“She did not want to have sex but she was forced to, she was pushed down on to an old dirty mattress, and raped,” said Ms Heeley.
“She saw money exchange hands.

“Sadly for her, this did not happen just once, but on other occasions, when she was spat on and raped – all orchestrated by Tanveer Ahmed.

“He himself forced her to perform oral sex on him, and if she refused he would call her a slag, slap her and leave her stranded in random areas in Telford.”

Ahmed continued “selling her” for sex, including passing her details on to men, the prosecution said.

Jurors heard this is how the girl came into contact with the first defendant, Mohammed Ali Sultan, 33, formerly of Telford.

Ali Sultan is facing four charges of indecent assault and one of rape.

Jurors were told: “Ali Sultan would take her to meet other men, in the same way Tanveer Ahmed had, men would phone her and Ali Sultan and Tanveer Ahmed would make her answer, and do what the men wanted.

“The abuse took place at a number of locations, including above Perfect Pizza and in a churchyard in Wellington, amongst others.

“Ali Sultan would verbally abuse her, calling her a sl**, and on occasions slap her, or pull her hair.”

On a later occasion he allegedly raped her, coercing her into repeatedly meeting up by threatening to tell people at her school what she was doing.

Ali Sultan is also charged in connection with a third incident, at the churchyard, when he allegedly became violent after she refused his advances.

The jury of six men and six women were told he already had convictions in both 2012 and 2015 for “similar offences against young girls”.

Another of the alleged victim’s alleged abusers is 38-year-old Amjad Hussain, of Telford, who is accused of forcing her to perform oral sex on two separate occasions.

A third man, 35-year-old Shafiq Younas, from Wellington, is accused of orally raping the youngster in the same churchyard in Wellington.

Another male, Nazam Akhtar, of Wellington, has been charged with rape, in an incident in which the girl was allegedly driven to a lane in a car along with Ali Sultan, Hussain, and another male.

The men deny any wrongdoing and the trial continues.

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