Child sex trafficking gang trial: 12-year-old girl was taken for a backstreet abortion, court hears

 

A girl was taken for a backstreet abortion by a member of a child sex trafficking gang who had got her pregnant aged 12, a court heard today.

"Girl D" sobbed as she told the Old Bailey she was driven to Reading by Mohammed Karrar and another man and taken to a "normal-looking house", where the procedure was carried out while she was drugged.

She also said that she believed Mr Karrar, nearly 20 years her senior, loved her and that they were involved in a "normal relationship". She said that, despite this, he convinced her to have sex with other men by telling her: "you love me, do it for me".

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence in the trial of nine men accused of a host of child-sex and drugs charges. She is not the youngest complainant, but her abuse started at the earliest age (11-years-old) of any of the complainants.

She told the court when she arrived at the house in Reading the door was answered by a man in jeans and a T-shirt. After describing the crude instruments used to carry out the abortion, the girl said: "I remember being bloody… for ages… it felt like a period pain but 10 times worse." But, asked if she wanted her friendship with Mr Karrar to continue after she returned from the abortion, she said: "At the time I think I did, in some respects. I thought I loved him and whatever girls think when they get with someone: it will work out, stick with him through hard times and good times."

She said Mr Karrar would either visit her at home, where she lived with her parents – who are deaf – or she would be taken to addresses in Oxford, including Mr Karrar's flat. In each, she said, Mr Karrar would have sex with her and would sometimes bring other men to do the same, on one occasion four in a single evening. She said she once refused because she believed she loved him and, therefore, did not believe it was right to perform the acts he wanted her to on another person. "He accepted that answer but as time went on, it got worse because he said: 'you love me, do it for me'. That is how it went as time went on, and it got worse."

"Girl D" said she told Mr Karrar she was 16 the first time they met even though she was 11. She said he tried to have sex with her. When she told him no and that she was menstruating, he performed other sex acts on her. She said this happened too quickly for her to protest.

She said he sent her a message the next day saying he didn't know she was 11 and that they would have to keep it from people but should meet up again. She said he did not stop having sex with her after learning her true age.

The girl said that her father also had mental difficulties and she looked after her parents, only realising that this was not a "normal" upbringing when she started secondary school. This realisation, she said, made her rebel and she began to become difficult at school, struggling to build friendships and bullying some other children.

Once she met Mr Karrar, she said sex would sometimes take place in her parents' home; on one occasion when her father was in the house. Neither of her parents, she said, were aware of the nature of the pair's relationship. She said she also met Mr Karrar's brother Bassam early in her ordeal.

The alleged gang members were arrested by Thames Valley Police early last year. They are Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Bilal Ahmed, 26. Two sets of brothers: Akhtar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30; and Mohammed, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 32, are also charged along with Mohammed Hussain, 24, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 27. They all deny the charges. The trial continues.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Life and Style
A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction
Science An Italian neurosurgeon believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Sport
Demba Ba (right) celebrates after Besiktas win on penalties
footballThere was no happy return to the Ataturk Stadium, where the Reds famously won Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Natural beauty: Aidan Turner stars in the new series of Poldark
arts + ents
News
Mia Freedman, editorial director of the Mamamia website, reads out a tweet she was sent.
arts + ents
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy
arts + ents...begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
News
Image from a flyer at the CPAC event where Nigel Farage will be speaking
news
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower