Only weeks after 18 members of a Muslim grooming gang in Newcastle were jailed for child sex crimes as part of Northumbria Polices ‘Operation Sanctuary’ investigation. A new Muslim grooming gang court trial is taking place. In the dock are Soran Azizi, Palla Pour, Ribas Asad, Heiman Mohammed and Saman Faiao Obaid , who are charged with a catalogue of child sexual exploitation offences. The Muslim paedophiles are said to have purposely targeted white British schoolgirls for their campaign of child abuse.
The Muslim sex predators on Tyneside mirrored other cases of grooming gangs that operated across the rest of the country such as Rochdale and Rotherham. Two towns which have seen mass scale abuse against vulnerable white schoolgirls by Islamic sex gangs while the rest of the local Muslim community turned a blind eye. Newcastle could quite possibly become just as big scandal as the two towns have seen.
Vulnerable under-age girls and young women were allegedly sexually exploited and abused by a group of older men who passed them round “almost as commodities”, a court heard.
Prosecutors say girls as young as 13 and 14 became “in thrall” to the men, who allegedly controlled them and lured them to properties where drugs and alcohol were made available to them.
Five men – Soran Azizi, Palla Pour, Ribas Asad, Heiman Mohammed and Saman Faiao Obaid – are accused of offences including rape, trafficking for sexual exploitation, sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services of a child and supplying drugs.
They all deny the charges – which span seven years – and are standing trial at Newcastle Crown Court.
Ribas Asad and Soran Azizi
Prosecutor Anne Richardson told jurors: “The case involves allegations of sexual exploitation and trafficking of young women and girls in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.
“The alleged offences occurred over a number of years, namely between 2007 and 2014 and those who make these allegations are, for the most part, immature and vulnerable people.
“It is the Crown’s case that these personality traits were exploited by the defendants and that each of the young women were lured to various houses and flats where drugs and/or alcohol were made freely available to them.
“It is perhaps easy to make assumptions based on their relative youth and their somewhat unusual lifestyles but, in due course, when you have heard all the evidence, you may consider that they were young, naive women who were in thrall to and under the control of these, for the most part, older and more wordly-wise defendants.
“It is not always apparent to someone that what they are engaged in is, in fact, abusive and the law exists to protect those who cannot or do not want to protect themselves.
Palla Pour, Saman Obaid and Heiman Mohammed
Palla Pour, Saman Obaid and Heiman Mohammed
“In return, the Crown would say, these complainants were expected and encouraged to provide sexual favours and services, not because they wanted to do so, or through their own free and unencumbered will, but because they were beholden and in thrall to these men.”
Miss Richardson said the defendants are associated with each other and the police investigation allegedly showed they have links through the evidence of witnesses and admissions made in police interviews.
The alleged victims, three of who were under 16 when the exploitation is said to have begun, are not associated with each other.
Miss Richardson told jurors: “The charges each defendant faces are sometimes jointly charged with one or more defendants, sometimes a defendant faces a count alone.
“Some defendants are charged with offences which relate to the same complainant.
“It is important when considering the evidence to look at each count and each defendant separately before reaching your verdicts.”
The court heard the victims had all experienced difficulties with their upbringing and childhood.
Miss Richardson said: “All of them, on the Crown’s case, were vulnerable people who were exploited by these defendants.
“On may occasions the sexual acts they performed with some of these defendants were entered into on a consensual basis, due to the lure and promise of reward in the form of drugs and/or alcohol.
“The Crown suggest this was because they felt compelled to return to the defendants’ houses due to their addiction to alcohol and drugs and the hold the men had over them.
“Other times the sexual acts were forced upon them, without their consent, and on still further occasions, these complainants were so intoxicated with drink and/or drugs that they were totally incapable of giving consent at all.
“The Crown’s case is these complainants were effectively passed between some if not all of the defendants, treated almost as commodities.
“It is right to say some complainants continually failed to extricate themselves from the situation in which they found themselves, even believing they were in a relationship with a particular defendant.”
Azizi, 28, of Byker, Newcastle, is accused of rape, sexual activity with a child and trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Pour, 25, of Longbenton, North Tyneside, known as “Pablo”, is accused of four counts of sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services or a child, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, supplying a controlled drug and knowingly permitting premises or suffering his premises to be used for the supply of drugs.
Asad, 29, of Cruddas Park, Newcastle, is accused of sexual assault, paying for the sexual services of a child, two counts of conspiracy to facilitate the prostitution of a child with Obaid, supplying drugs, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sexual activity with a child.
Mohammed, 26, of Newcastle, known as “Luqman”, is accused of sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services of a child and supplying drugs.
Obaid, 29, of Byker, is accused of sexual activity with a child, paying for the sexual services of a child, two counts of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the prostitution of a child with Asad and supplying drugs.
Miss Richardson said: “The Crown allege conspiracy charges against Asad and Obaid. The charges are to reflect the agreement which the Crown submit to you was in existence between these men that (two) young girls would be incited to become prostitutes, and did so in expectation of gain for themselves or others.
“The gain does not have to be financial and in this case the gain consisted of sexual favours and possibly the supply of controlled drugs, in other words an agreement to sexually exploit these young girls, using alcohol and drugs, with the expectation that sexual favours would be provided in return.
“Those who facilitated the sexual exploitation of these young girls shared a common purpose and that was to incite them to prostitute themselves in return for payment with drugs and/or alcohol.
“The Crown suggests that the defendants against whom there are conspiracy charges were well aware that the meetings where this was occurring were part of a regular scheme to incite these girls into prostitution.
“The two defendants involved in the conspiracy did not carry out the same role. Their roles varied from supplying the intoxicants taken at the premises to actually participating in the sexual activity with the young women at those premises.”
The men deny all the charges and the trial continues