A jury at Stafford Crown Court today heard that nine Asian men from the Telford area used seven young girls as “sexual commodities” for child prostitution, trafficking and rape.

The victims, who cannot be identified and were under the age of 16, had been plied with drink, drugs and gifts before being “sold or gifted” to other Asian men who paid to have sex with them in the Telford area as well as at hotels in Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester.

The girls were said to have received drugs, cash, alcohol, meals and phone credit in exchange for sex with some of the defendants.

The nine defendants Ahdel Ali, 23, Murbarek Ali, 28, Mohammed Ali Sultan, 24, Tanveer Ahmed, 39, Mahroof Khan, 33, Noshad Hussain, 21, Mohammed Islam Choudhrey, 52, Mohammed Younis, 59, and 34-year-old Abdul Rouf deny charges including rape, controlling child prostitution and sexual activity with girls under the age of 16.

Deborah Gould, prosecuting, said the nine men variously trafficked, raped or sexually abused girls, both over and under the age of 16, over a considerable period of time.

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