Shropshire

Girl 'sold for sex at Telford restaurant'

A 21-year-old delivery driver took a teenager to a restaurant where she was sold for sex, a court has heard.

The alleged victim, now aged 18, told a jury Noshad Hussain, 21, had driven her to the Lal Komal restaurant at Oakengates, in Telford, Shropshire.

Mr Hussain is one of seven Telford men who deny a total of 52 charges relating to allegations of sexual exploitation and child prostitution.

He denies facilitating the prostitution of the woman.

He also denies two other allegations of sexual activity with a child involving another of the alleged victims.

'Drive round'

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

The men, who live in the Wellington and Sutton Hill areas of Telford, deny charges related to incidents which are alleged to have happened between 2007 and 2009.

Under cross-examination at Stafford Crown Court, the young woman agreed the Lal Komal restaurant had featured heavily in her interviews about being sold for sex to restaurant workers, but she had failed to point it out to police officers during two interviews when they drove her round the area.

She said she had been concentrating on other places and denied she was lying about Mr Hussain taking her to the restaurant.

Under cross-examination, the teenager admitted she did not know Mr Hussain's surname until she read it recently in a newspaper.

She later said he "sometimes took her" when another man called Ajmal was not there, but she told the jury on Wednesday that she only recalled Mr Hussain taking her on one occasion.

The girl accepted there was no discussion with Mr Hussain about what would happen at the restaurant and she did not see money change hands between him and anyone else.

The trial continues.

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