Rochdale 'child sex-ring' suspect 'wanted younger girls'

Top row l-r: Abdul Rauf Kabeer Hassan and Abdul Qayyum. Bottom row l-r: Liaquat Shah, Qamar Shahzad, Mohammed Amin and Mohammed Sajid
Image caption All the men deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16

A 15-year-old girl was asked to supply a member of an alleged child abuse ring with "younger girls", a court was told.

The teenager was giving evidence in the trial of 11 men accused of being part of a sexual exploitation ring in and around Rochdale in Greater Manchester.

Liverpool Crown Court was shown recorded police interviews with the teenager, who is now 19.

All the men deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16.

In the interview recorded when the teenager was 15, she told a female police officer she had had sex with defendant Abdul Rauf, a taxi driver, "about 10 times" before she turned 16.

"Did he know how old you were?" the officer asked.

Felt 'tight'

"He knew my age because my friend told him," the girl replied.

"We were in his taxi and he just asked us how old we were.

"She told him I was 15 and she was 16 and he asked if we knew anyone younger and she said she did.

"He told us to bring them next time."

She told the police officer she would have been glad to have brought younger girls along to meet Mr Rauf, as it would have taken the attention off her.

But she added that she would have felt "tight" because "it would happen to them and I would feel bad", she added.

She said Mr Rauf would pay her friend about £20 if he had sex with one of them and £40 if he had had sex with them both.

'Dead drunk'

In further police interviews, recorded when she was 18, she was asked about how she felt and replied: "I wasn't even bothered any more, I didn't feel anything about it."

She added: "At first I felt dead bad and horrible but then I didn't feel anything any more."

The officer asked: "How did you cope?"

The girl replied: "I don't remember ...Most of the time I was just getting dead drunk so when it happened it didn't feel that bad."

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, all deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16.

A 59-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denies the same charge.

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.

  • Mr Hassan, of Lacrosse Avenue, Oldham, and Mr Shahzad, of Tweedale Street, Rochdale, also deny rape.
  • Mr Aziz, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale, denies two counts of rape and one allegation of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
  • Mr Khan, of Oswald Street, and Mr Rauf, of Darley Road, both in Rochdale, have also pleaded not guilty to trafficking for sexual exploitation.
  • Mr Sajid, of Jepheys Street, Rochdale, denies trafficking, two counts of rape and one allegation of sexual activity with a child.
  • Mr Amin, of Falinge Road, Rochdale, denies sexual assault.
  • Mr Shah and Mr Safi, both of Kensington Street, Rochdale, each denied two counts of rape and Mr Safi has also pleaded not guilty to trafficking.

The trial continues.

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