- Azad Miah ‘hounded and stalked girls to have sex for money’
- Court heard he often paid for sexual services of girl, 14
PUBLISHED: 17:32 GMT, 23 April 2012 | UPDATED: 01:06 GMT, 24 April 2012
A takeaway owner who allegedly ran a brothel above his restaurant hounded girls as young as 12 to become prostitutes and told one of his child victims that ‘age is just a number’.
Azad Miah, 44, branded the vulnerable girls ‘fresh meat’ and harassed them over weeks and months before offering to give them drugs, alcohol or money in return for sex, a court heard.
Miah targeted the girls in ‘a cold, clinical, calculated exploitation of the desperate and therefore vulnerable’, Carlisle Crown Court was told.
Tim Evans, prosecuting, said: ‘Most worryingly, he would stalk some of them, following them home in particular.’
One of the girls, who was just 14 at the time and addicted to heroin, was paid £100 for sex with him, it is claimed.
The girl, now 21, told detectives she had sex with Miah ‘hundreds of times’.