prostitution trial has heard that "other Sikh girls" were involved with men who paid a year-old girl for sex.
The girl told police she had been selling sex after she found out other girls were being "spoken to" by the men, Leicester Crown Court heard. In a police interview played to jurors, the girl said other Sikh people in Leicester had approached her family with concerns their daughters might be "in the same situation".
She told police: "I've been told I'm not the only girl. There are other Sikh girls.
'Not the only girl'
The girl told police that she needed to make money because she wanted to leave home after her parents threatened to kick her out. Jurors have heard that the girl had already been having sex with friends for money before she met the men. Opening the case for the prosecution, barrister Matthew Lowe ln her as "very damaged and vulnerable".
She abused alcohol musilm smoked cannabis, he said, and had a problematic relationship with her parents. Mr Ali, of Guthlaxton Street, and Mr Iacub, of Maynard Road, are also accused of facilitating child prostitution, and trafficking the girl by taking her to various locations and introducing her to other men.
Leicester child prostitution trial: Men 'paid for sex with girl, 16'. Three men from Leicester are on trial accused of sexual offences against her. Three other men have already pleaded guilty to related charges.
Escoets added that it worried her that other girls could be involved. She told police: "They [the men] knew why I drank, because it eases my sorrow.
She was told money was no problem and promised shopping trips and holidays, jurors heard. All three defendants on trial are accused of paying for sex with the year-old. Mr Usman, of East Park Road, is also accused of inciting child pornography.
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The trial continues. More on this story.
Published 30 July