A child sexual exploitation victim aged just 13 who ran away from home in Sheffield was befriended by a gang of five men and trafficked across Yorkshire for sex, a court heard.
The girl was pinned down and raped by a man twice her age in a hotel – who then passed her around four other men, it is alleged. Opening the case for the prosecution, Thomas Storey told Sheffield Crown Court: “This is about the child sexual exploitation of a 13-year-old girl by five defendants, and others, in summer last year.”
“The young girl ran away from home in Sheffield, and was found a week or so later in Bradford.
“Afterwards 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 the girl, who had only just celebrated her 13th birthday, arrived in Bradford and spent two nights initially with a man called ‘Shaz’ – who had sex with her and has never been caught.
Then, when he threw her out on the street, she was picked up by Shakeal Rehman, aged 26, and Mohammed Shapal, 22, who took her to a hotel in a silver VW Golf.
Mr Storey said Rehman pinned her to the bed and raped her.
“He held her around the neck so she couldn’t breathe. She told him to stop. She also told him she was just 13,” he said.
After Rehman left, Shapal turned up.
He told the teenager he loved her and that she was ‘beautiful’ and ‘gorgeous’ – and then had sex with her too.
The girl later told police she had fallen in love with him.
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, had sex with the girl as well, at a party.
Rehman denies rape and trafficking, while Shapal, Amini and Ali all deny sexual activity with a child.
Mr Storey said the latter four men 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,” he said.
Shapal, Amini and Bekir Rasheed all also deny trafficking.
Amini is from Lopham Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, while Rasheed is from Ulverston Road, Woodseats, Sheffield.
Rehman, Shapal and Ali are from Bradford.
The trial continues.