Shropshire

Girl sold to Telford restaurant workers for sex, court hears

Court artist's drawing of the nine defendants
Image caption The men, who are aged between 21 and 59, faced more than 50 charges

A 16-year-old girl was sold for sex to workers at a fish and chip shop, a court has heard.

Stafford Crown Court heard a recorded interview where the girl also said she had been paid up to £40 to have sex at two restaurants in Telford, Shropshire.

Nine men deny a range of sexual offences against seven girls in Wellington, in Shropshire.

Two of the defendants have now been discharged because of illness.

The two, Mohammed Younis, 59, and 34-year-old Abdul Rouf, will be tried separately at a date to be fixed.

The remaining men, who are aged between 21 and 52 and from Telford, face charges including rape, controlling child prostitution and sexual activity with girls under the age of 16.

'Sexual abuse'

The men on trial are Ahdel Ali, 23, Murbarek Ali, 28, Mohammed Ali Sultan, 24, Tanveer Ahmed, 39, Mahroof Khan, 33, Noshad Hussain, 21 and Mohammed Islam Choudhrey, 52.

They deny all of the charges, which relate to the alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of girls in Wellington between September 2007 and December 2009.

The victims are seven teenage girls, one of whom was 13 years old at the time the alleged offences were committed.

The court heard that in the interview, conducted in December 2009 and May 2010, the girl told a police officer she had been sold for sex when aged 16.

She is due to give evidence in court in person at a later date.

The trial continues.

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