A court hearing evidence of alleged child sexual exploitation offences has heard that a corrupt police officer helped an abuser avoid arrest.
Five men and two women deny over 60 charges relating to offences that allegedly took place between 1987 and 2003.
The court in Sheffield heard evidence from complainant Girl L this week. The jury heard that she began a relationship with defendant Basharat Hussain when she was 15 and that she suffered violence and abuse.
In police interviews played to the court, Girl L said Hussain once drove her to the Peak District and said she would “dig her own grave”.
Girl L claimed that police eventually tried to move her to a safe house but that a corrupt officer told her abuser what was happening. “I wanted to come forward and report him, so they were talking about putting me somewhere safe,” she said.
“Bash called and told me what was happening and where I was going. He said he had someone in CID to tell him these things. He would give them money and they would tell him what was happening with me and stop him getting busted.”
Girl L said Hussain regularly met the corrupt officer in an Aldi car park in Rotherham when she was aged between 16 and 18. She said she met the officer several times at a flat where Hussain kept drugs and drug money.
Another complainant, Girl G, also gave evidence this week. The court heard that she saw a local Rotherham politician at a property in Masbrough where she was made to have sex with men. She described the house as a “brothel-type thing”.
Girl G claims that Arshid Hussain drove her to Doncaster and forced her into prostitution to make money for him. She said she faced violence if she refused.
The woman said she didn’t report the abuse because it seemed “perfectly normal” to her as a teenager. “I was taught that’s what men do,” she said.
Girl G also said that police were aware of the abuse in 2000 but failed to act. She said she had seen minutes of a meeting held on 6 June 2000 where police officers and social workers discussed her being “sexually exploited”.
Tahir Khan QC, defending Arshid Hussain, accused Girl G of making up the allegations for financial gain. He said, “You are suing for damages. That is the motive.”
Girl G replied, “I didn’t go to the police. The police came to me.”
The trial continues.