A teenage girl said to have been the victim of an alleged female ‘pimp’ broke down sobbing and told a court: “I was a little girl, I was scared.”
The girl, now 18, told jurors she was 10 when she met Amanda Spencer, who is accused of running a pool of child prostitutes.
Spencer, aged 22, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, is alleged to have been 16 or 17 when she befriended the girl and plied her with alcohol and drugs before taking her to men’s homes for sex.
She is also alleged to have taken the girl to Sheffield’s red light district when she was between just 11 and 14.
In a DVD of a police interview played to the jury, the girl said: “Amanda Spencer told me she would kill me if I told people what was happening. Intimidated and scared, that was the way I felt.”
Under cross-examination on a videolink from a room in the court building, the teenager repeatedly broke down and wept.
Andrew O’Byrne QC, defending Spencer, asked the girl about police interviews in 2012 after she made sexual allegations against a number of people not part of the current case.
“I don’t think it’s fair bringing that up,” she said.
When Mr O’Byrne said during police interviews she had never mentioned Spencer’s name she replied: “I was scared of her. I’m intimidated. I can’t sleep at night, have you thought about that?
“I was a little girl, I was scared.”
Spencer denies 38 offences relating to the prostitution of nine girls.
She and Kareem Ahmed, aged 30, of Manor, Sheffield, deny one offence of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
John MacLachlan, 66, of Downham Road, Firth Park, and Lee Unwin, 27, of Nether Green Road, Nether Green, deny paying for the sexual services of a child.
Bashdar Hamadamin, 27, of Rock Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, denies rape.
A 68-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies three offences of sexual assault.
The trial at Sheffield Crown Court continues.