An Asian grooming gang raped and abused vulnerable white girls who they viewed as “commodities”, a court has been told.
The gang, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, controlled the girls with drugs and alcohol, contacted them on Facebook to discuss sex parties and on one occasion demanded sex in return for paying for a tattoo. The women and girls were as young as 13 when the grooming began and they were allegedly pressed into prostitution in return for drugs including ecstasy and cocaine. One girl said that one of the gang had had sex with her when she was unconscious because of alcohol.
Jurors were warned by the judge not to be influenced by recent reporting of other cases with similar facts.
Anne Richardson, for the prosecution, told Newcastle crown court that sex with the gang was almost a daily occurrence for some of the girls. She said the alleged victims were “young, naive women who were in thrall to and under the control of these, for the most part, older and more worldly wise defendants”, adding that they were passed among the men and “treated almost as commodities”. The alleged offences occurred between 2007 and 2014.
The alleged victims’ stories: Six girls say they were targeted by sex exploitation accused
Details of the allegations made by six teenage girls were revealed as five men went on trial accused of a range of offences in Newcastle
Six girls and young women claim to have fallen victim to an alleged sexual exploitation gang standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
One of the alleged victims said she ended up in a flat in Newcastle when she was 14 or 15.
She cannot remember much through alcohol but claims she woke up with her trousers down and Azizi on top of her.
Prosecutor Anne Richardson said: “Her belief is that Azizi had had sex with her when she was unconscious through alcohol.”
Five men accused of sexually exploiting young girls allegedly treated them ‘almost as commodities’
Girls as young as 13 and 14 are alleged to have been targeted by the gang, who are said to have lured them to flats with drink and drugs
Vulnerable under-age girls and young women were allegedly sexually exploited and abused by a group of older men who passed them round “almost as commodities”, a court heard.
Prosecutors say girls as young as 13 and 14 became “in thrall” to the men, who allegedly controlled them and lured them to properties where drugs and alcohol were made available to them.
Five men – Soran Azizi, Palla Pour, Ribas Asad, Heiman Mohammed and Saman Faiao Obaid – are accused of offences including rape, trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services of a child and supplying drugs.