Feb 21 2012:
A group of 11 men plied girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs so they could use them for sex, a court has heard.
The offences are said to have happened in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in 2008 and 2009.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how the men, aged between 22 and 59 and from Oldham and Rochdale, “acted together to sexually exploit the girls”.
All deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16.
Rachel Smith, opening the case for the prosecution, said one 13-year-old fell pregnant to one of the defendants and had an abortion.
She said another girl felt flattered by the attention but that she quickly became regularly heavily drunk, depressed and “incapable of getting herself out of the situation”.