South Yorkshire mum denies being a ‘pimp’

Amanda Spencer at Sheffield Crown Court accused of a string of child sex offences including facilitating child prostitution. Pic: ''''rossparry.co.uk /Tom Maddick
Amanda Spencer at Sheffield Crown Court accused of a string of child sex offences including facilitating child prostitution. Pic: ''''rossparry.co.uk /Tom Maddick
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A woman accused of running a pool of child prostitutes in Sheffield city centre has denied being a pimp.

Amanda Spencer, aged 23, was giving evidence in her defence for the second day at her trial for alleged child sexual exploitation.

The mum-of-one, from Canklow Road, Canklow, Rotherham, denies 38 offences of arranging or facilitating child sex offences in relation to nine underage girls.

The prosecution claim Spencer befriended vulnerable girls, then sold them for sex in return for cash, drugs and alcohol.

Prosecution barrister Michelle Colbourne QC told Spencer: “Each of the girls says that you pimped them,” to which Spencer replied: “I’ve never pimped anyone.”

Miss Colbourne suggested Spencer had worked as a prostitute herself between 2007 and 2008.

“Are you trying to say I’m a prostitute?” said Spencer.

“Have you heard yourself? Have you heard yourself, love? I’ve never been a prostitute.”

Miss Colbourne put it to Spencer that she hung around Castle Markets and took young girls there because that’s where her customers and drug dealers were.

“No,” Spencer replied.

“Drug dealers are everywhere, love, this is England.”

Spencer conceded she was ‘gobby’ and admitted becoming violent towards some of the girls, but denied being a bully.

She also denied using ‘like a brothel’ the flat of a man she knew.

Miss Colbourne said: “He says you used his flat like a brothel and that he wasn’t charged for sex because he was letting it all happen and he was getting free sex.”

“Nope,” Spencer replied. “None of that ever happened.”

The trial continues.