TEENAGE girls as young as 13 were sexually abused by eight men over several months, a jury heard.
Threats of violence were made to the teenagers who were sometimes given alcohol to make them more compliant with the men’s sexual demands, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
The eight men—seven of them from Rotherham—allegedly committed 23 sexual offences on four girls, three of whom were just 13, with the other aged 16, during 2008.
The attacks, which included a series of rapes, were said to have taken place in Clifton Park, Rotherham town centre and on other occasions on the back seat of cars, in toilets and in a bedroom.
The eight men, who all deny the charges, are: Adil Hussain (20), of Nelson Street, Rotherham town centre, Saeed Hussain (29), of Hatherley Road, Eastwood, Shalzaad Hussain (22), of Clough Road, Masborough, Mohsin Khan (22), of Haworth Crescent, Moorgate, Zafran Ramzan (21) of Broom Grove, Broom, Razwan Razaq (30), of Oxford Street, Clifton, Umar Razaq (24), of Oxford Street, Clifton. Shazad Akbar (23), of Shirecliffe Lane, Shirecliffe, Sheffield.
The trial is expected to last six weeks.