12-Year-Old UK Girl 'Passed Around Like a Piece of Meat' By Migrant Grooming Gang
Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Ali Sultan, Amjad Hussain, Nazeem Akhtar, Shafiq Younas on trial
A 12-year-old girl was "passed around like a piece of meat for sex" by a Middle Eastern migrant grooming gang, a UK court has heard.
The group of men is accused of repeatedly raping the young British child and selling her for sex.
Prosecutors at Birmingham Crown Court say the defendants raped the unnamed girl so many times over a period of two years that the victim "lost count" of the abuse.
The defendants in the case, Mohammed Ali Sultan, Amjad Hussain, Shafiq Younas, Nazam Akhtar, and Mohammad Rizwan, insist that the sex with the child was "consensual," however.
Prosecutors say the victim was raped repeatedly, made to perform sexual acts in a churchyard, and abused by the group of men when she rejected their sexual advances.
In a bid to protect the child's anonymity, and avoid and further distress, the victim gave evidence to the court via a video statement.
In the disturbing video evidence, the youngster says she had “lost count” of how many other men she was sold to by the gang and described how the defendants intentionally humiliated her.
The five men accused of the horrific abuse all deny ever having done anything wrong.
The young girl recounted having the men pick her up “every day, after school” and being “passed around” by pizza delivery driver Tanveer Ahmed - a migrant from Pakistan who initially "groomed" the child for the gang.
The offenses are said to have taken place in and around Telford, Shropshire, and went on for some years.
The victim said the abuse was so unbearable that she often contemplated suicide during the time period.
The court heard how the young victim was urinated on after being raped by Akhtar, 35 - one of the five men currently on trial - in an act of humiliation.
“This case involves the sexual exploitation of a young girl, a girl passed around like a piece of meat for the sexual gratification of several young men, some of whom are in the dock,” Michelle Heeley QC, prosecuting, told the court.
Ahmed was absent from trial proceedings since he had been deported to Pakistan for “unrelated offenses.”
Prosecutors claim Rizwan, 37, who will tell jurors he had a "consensual" sexual relationship with the victim, saved the girl's phone number under the contact name "blowjob2."
Ali Sultan faces four charges of indecent assault and one charge of rape.
Shafiq Younas, aged 35, stands accused of orally raping the young girl in the Wellington churchyard.
Nazam Akhtar has been charged with rape.
Mohammad Rizwan is accused of forcing the girl to perform sex acts.
He faces two charges of indecent assault.