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Girl, 13, 'told police she had been repeatedly raped but officers did nothing' - court told

Rotherham is typical of the situation across England for the last 3 decades.


A 13-year-old girl told police she was repeatedly raped and assaulted in Rotherham but no action was taken by officers - a court has heard.

The alleged victim, now 27, went to police in 2003 claiming she had been repeatedly raped by a man called Sageer Hussain when she was 13 years old, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

A trial was told the girl's family also wrote to a local MP and the home secretary at the time of the offences but the reports were not properly investigated by South Yorkshire Police.

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said the family eventually withdrew the allegations due to alleged threats and moved to Spain to get away from men who were sexually exploiting her.

Opening the case, he said the girl's clothes were lost by police and were not subjected to scientific analysis.

Ms Colborne said the girl's mother described how she went "from a loving, lovely girl to one she described as horrible" and how she was "powerless to control it."

She said the girl went from "a normal happy child from a stable, supportive family to one secretive and distant".

The prosecutor explained how, in April 2003, the girl had gone to police after Hussain attacked her and she was examined then by a doctor.

Ms Colborne said: "The family believed they were in real danger and withdrew the allegations at the time."

She told the jury that the girl said the men had threatened to gang rape her mother.

Ms Colborne said the family took two years to extricate her from the exploiting group of men.

She said the family tried to get help from social services and took her out of school

Ms Colborne said: "They wrote to their member of parliament and the home secretary."

Introducing the prosecution case, Ms Colborne said it was about "a number of women who were sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men".

She said Hussain played a "key role".

The prosecutor said: "He was instrumental in befriending young girls who were flattered that he and his friends spent time with them."

In relation to one girl, she said: "He used her for his own gratification and passed her on to his friends, older brothers and associates."

The jury heard allegations the girl was subjected to a range of sexual exploitation, including how she was forced stay a flat where she gave oral sex to five different men.

Sageer Hussain, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, denies four rapes and one indecent assault.

Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Rotherham, denies one count of aiding and abetting rape.

Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Cherry Brook, Rotherham, denies one rape and three indecent assaults.

Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, denies one rape and one indecent assault.

Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, denies one rape.

Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, denies one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

Basharat Hussain, 40, from Goole, denies one indecent assault.

Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Clarendon Road, Rotherham, denies one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment.

The trial continues.


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