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Roma gang 'sold girl for sex' at Kent fast food stores

An Eastern European gang drugged and sold a teenage girl for sex at fast food shops in Kent, a court has heard.

The victim was also repeatedly raped between January 2013 and February 2014, Canterbury Crown Court was told.

Roman Brodnar, Marion Cisar, Rene Bandy, and Josef Dirdar, are all charged with rape.

They, along with Alice Kalejova and Jolana Rohalova, are also charged with causing child prostitution. The six defendants deny all charges.

Jurors were told the defendants, who are also of Slovakian-Roma origin, were in "differing ways and to differing degrees" involved in the girl's sexual exploitation at various locations in Kent.

'Groomed for sex'

Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, said the male defendants also used the girl, who is of Slovakian Roma origin, for their own sexual gratification.

"She was underage... behaving in a way that the prosecution say is indicative of her having been groomed to have sex with a number of adult males.

"She was given attention, drugs and money. She was also threatened and subjected to violence," Ms Laws added.

The girl, who was 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, was said to have been injected with drugs before being prostituted.

Roman Brodnar, 32, of Swallow Mount in Leeds, is accused of two counts of rape, two counts of sexual activity with a child, administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.

Alice Kalejova, 37, of Dover Road, Folkestone, faces charges of administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.

Jolana Rohalova, 40, of Brockman Road, Folkestone, is accused of causing child prostitution.

Marion Cisar, 20, of Athelstan Road, Folkestone, faces one count of rape, sexual activity with a child, administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.

Rene Bandy, 22, of Cheriton Road in Folkestone and Josef Dirdar, 29, of Folkestone Road, Dover, are both accused of rape, sexual activity with a child and causing child prostitution.

The trial is expected to last two months.

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