Child sex trafficking gang on trial in Sheffield

editorial image
0
Have your say

Five men have gone on trial in Sheffield today, accused of trafficking a 13-year-old girl for sex.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the youngster, who had only just turned 13, ended up in Bradford where she was befriended by a gang of men.

She was taken to a hotel where it is alleged one of them - Shakeal Rehman, aged 26, pinned her down and raped her.

The same night another man Mohammed Shapal, aged 22, told the vulnerable girl he loved her before having sex with her.

Mr Storey said the next day a third man, Usman Ali, 21, picked up the girl in his car, and he too had sex with her.

Two days later, it is alleged, Yaseen Amini, aged 36, and Bekir Rasheed, 36, both had sex with the girl as well, at a party.

Addressing the jury, prosecutor Thomas Storey said: “This case is about child sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old girl by these five defendants and others, in the summer of last year.

“Last summer a young girl ran away from home in Sheffield, at the time she had only just had her thirteenth birthday.

“There was an extensive police search but she was found a week or so later in Bradford.

“She was spoken to at length by the police and she told them various offences had been committed against her by these five men and by another man who is still wanted by the police.”

Mr Storey said of Shapal, Amini, Ali and Rasheed who are all accused of sexual activity with a child: “They had a reasonable belief she was consenting which is why they are not charged with rape, but they couldn’t reasonably have believed she was over 16.”

Rehman denies rape and trafficking, Shapal, denies sexual activity with a child and trafficking and Ali, denies sexual activity with a child.

All three are from Bradford.

Amini, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, denies sexual activity with a child and trafficking while Rasheed of Ulverston Road, Woodseats, denies trafficking.

The trial continues.

Back to the top of the page