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Iranian workers at Chelmsford pizza shop accused of drugging and raping underage teen girls

First case in Essex. Incredibly, this one report has all the hallmarks of the classic grooming model, including one named 'Mohammed' (just need some taxi-drivers involved). One major difference: the men are Iranians.

From: http://www.essexlive.news/iranian-chelmsford-gang-gave-underage-girls-drugs-before-farming-them-out-for-sex/story-29819021-detail/story.html

A gang of Iranian men sexually exploited and groomed vulnerable girls by supplying them with drugs and offering them free pizza, a court heard.

All three victims, who were as young as 16, were allegedly targeted by the group of takeaway workers who "farmed them out like cattle" to other men.

The group's ring leaders were allegedly Mohammed Rostami, 37, Mehdi Zare, 32, and Amin Kaveh, 35, all of whom had links to pizza shops in Chelmsford.

Opening the case at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, prosecutor Christopher Paxton claimed they would pick the girls up from the shops before plying them with highly-addictive drugs, including cocaine and methadone.

This lead to the vulnerable girls quickly becoming pawns, who would have sex with anyone for drugs.

Mr Paxton said: "At the heart of this case are three young women, vulnerable and troubled who have been sexually exploited by the defendants over two distinct periods of time.

"To these defendants, these vulnerable young girls presented opportunities for sexual exploitation, farming them out for sex within a tight-knit group or just having sex with them for their own gratification."

One victim was only 13 when she apparently met Rostami, who worked as a chef at Essex Pizza in Duke Street, Chelmsford, back in 2006, Judge Patricia Lynch QC heard.

Mr Paxton said: "At the heart of this case are three young women, vulnerable and troubled who have been sexually exploited by the defendants over two distinct periods of time.

"To these defendants, these vulnerable young girls presented opportunities for sexual exploitation, farming them out for sex within a tight-knit group or just having sex with them for their own gratification."

The jury was told that he started by offering her and her friend free pizza before supplying the girl, who had a troubled background, with cannabis.

Mr Paxton explained that Rostami, of no fixed address, would take the girl out in his car before their relationship rapidly turned sexual.

He would pick her up from school while she was in her uniform and knowing how old she was, eventually supplying the girl and her friend with free drugs including cocaine, he added.

She quickly became addicted and by the age of 14 was taking two grams of cocaine a day, worth around £100.Mr Paxton said: "After a few months providing them drugs for free, Rostami told the girl that she had to start earning or paying for the drugs. He said 'otherwise I am losing money'.

"It is clear that aged about 14 she would have to have sexual intercourse with much older Iranian men."

Mr Paxton said Rostami treated the girl like "cattle" and "farmed" her out to his friends for financial gain.

The girl continued with it, despite not liking it, because it was her main way of getting drugs and she thought it pleased Rostami, the court heard.

The first victim moved away from Chelmsford in around 2010 and came back in 2012. She still had drugs problems and saw Rostami, who told he could get her methadone, known as M-Cat, for free, Mr Paxton told the court.

She went with him in his car and they stopped where Rostami gave her a "large bag of cocaine" because they started kissing and having sex.

It is claimed that the girl felt guilty because she had a boyfriend and asked him to stop but he continued, and after finishing, told the girl "it wasn't his fault".

The same girl was also allegedly raped and sexually exploited by Mehdi Zare - who she called Medi One.

Zare, 32, of Lupin Drive, Chelmsford, also had connections to Essex Pizza and had known the girl and her friends for several years.

He started spending more time with her as she got older and Rostami showed less interest as she approached 16, the court heard.


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