Telford accused trial: Pregnant teenager 'sold' for sex

A teenager has described to a court how she was "sold" for sex against her wishes wwhile she was pregnant.

The woman, now 18, claimed she was told to have sex with two men about 14 weeks into her pregnancy partly to raise cash for drugs, Stafford Crown Court heard.

She added a male who "made" her have sex with two men knew she was pregnant.

A jury is trying seven men from Telford, Shropshire, who variously deny 52 charges relating to alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of seven girls.

The seven teenagers are alleged to have been victims of offences including child prostitution, trafficking, rape and sexual abuse in the Shropshire area between 2007 and 2009.

'Specific type'

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed she was told to have sex about 14 weeks into her pregnancy to raise money for drugs and petrol.

In police interviews played to the jury, the 18-year-old claimed she had been "made" to have sex with two men by a male nicknamed Max, who needed money to buy drugs.

In an interview recorded in May last year, the witness said she did not know how much money had changed hands after the alleged events at a house in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

During the recording, the complainant said: "There was one time when I was actually pregnant and I said I didn't want to do it.

'Mum ringing me'

"Max wanted a specific type of weed from Birmingham and (another man) didn't have enough petrol to get there and they didn't have any money to get the weed."

The defendants in the trial are Ahdel Ali, 23, Mubarek Ali, 28, Mohammed Ali Sultan, 24, Tanveer Ahmed, 39, Mahroof Khan, 33, Noshad Hussain, 21, and Mohammed Islam Choudhrey, 52.

The men, who live in the Wellington and Sutton Hill areas of Telford, variously deny a total of 52 charges involving alleged incidents between 2007 and 2009.

The trial was adjourned until Wednesday.

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