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Girl 'was addict' at time of 'abuse'

An alleged abuse victim has said she was "an addict" during the time she was supposedly sexually exploited, a court has heard.

The woman, known as Girl A, was being cross-examined by Isabella Forshall QC, representing Assad Hussein.

Hussein is one of seven men on trial who face a total of 41 counts including rape, indecent assault, supplying Class A drugs and making threats to kill.

The alleged abuse took place in Oxford, involving two girls, from 1999 to 2009.

At Oxford Crown Court, Girl A said: "Large parts of my life around that time I cannot remember, my lifestyle was very chaotic.

"I was very disturbed and said a lot of things for impact."

'Scared of men'

Girl A referred to 2007, when she had her son taken from her care by social services.

She denied having a relationship with Hussein, and added: "I was scared of these men, the police and of losing my son."

Both girls were in social care at the beginning of the alleged abuse, and were aged 13 and 15 at the time.

The seven men are aged between 30 and 46.

The prosecution says that the abuse took place at private addresses, a children's home, a bed-and-breakfast and isolated parts of Oxford.

The court heard that one of the girls would go with some of the men in a taxi to Jackdaw Lane, in East Oxford, where she said she was abused 50 or 60 times.

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