Rotherham victim ‘taken to Blackpool, locked away above restaurant and forced to have sex with men’

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An alleged Rotherham child sexual exploitation victim was taken to Blackpool, locked away in a room above a restaurant and made to have sex with men for several months, a court heard.

The woman, now 31, told Sheffield Crown Court the abuse first started when she was around 12, living in a children’s home in the Rotherham area.

At the age of around 16 or 17, the girl was taken to Blackpool where she was locked in a room above a restaurant and made to have sex with men.

When she was eventually rescued, the girl was discovered to be suffering from scabies, nits, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, the court was told.
The woman gave evidence as a trial of five men and seven woman accused of playing roles in a child grooming gang in Rotherham for more than 10 years continued.

Speaking in a police interview played to the jury, the woman said that when she was about 12 years old, defendant Basharat Hussain – known as ‘Bash’ – had picked her up from a home in a car carrying two other Asian men.

She said ‘Bash’ asked staff if it was OK to drop her off later.

She said after being taken out for a meal at a restaurant, Hussain pulled the car over and she was made to perform sex acts on each of the three men.

“I was in a car on my own. I was a 12-year-old girl. I just thought it is what I had to do,” she said.

When she was 16, the girl was moved to live in a hostel.

She said: “Two lads who hung about with us said Bash wanted us to drop something off in Blackpool.”

She went to Blackpool with them where she was left at a restaurant.

The complainant said she was initially made to work in the restaurant but was then made to have sex with different men, including the restaurant owner known as ‘Mo’ and his son ‘Acky’.

The complainant said Mo would have sex with her on a daily basis and spoke about taking her to Pakistan.

She said she managed to escape after speaking to a waitress in a nearby cafe before staff from child sexual exploitation service Risky Business came to get her back.

The woman said: “There were weeks when I just worked in the restaurant and weeks where three to four times I would have to go upstairs with everybody.”

She said in her first few weeks at the restaurant, ‘Mo’ used to lock her in her room.

She said she had seen Hussain outside the restaurant shortly after being moved there, but was not allowed to speak to him herself.

She said the room she was kept in was dirty, had no hot water and she had to be taken to a doctor in Blackpool because her scabies was so bad.

When she was moved to a hostel in Sheffield, it was discovered she had contracted sexually-transmitted diseases.

She said: “I felt dirty, I was dirty.”

Under cross examination via video link from Gillian Batts, representing Hussain, the woman accepted she was now pursuing a claim for damages against South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council.

But she denied coming forward to police after seeing ‘an opportunity to make some money’.

Miss Batts said her client says the woman had never met him in person.

Basharat Hussain, 39, of no fixed abode, denies one rape, five indecent assaults, one count of procuring a girl under 21 to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another, false imprisonment, three counts of indecency with a child, one count of procuring a woman under 21 to become a common prostitute, two assaults occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.