South Shields—Two schoolgirls were raped at a house where vulnerable youngsters were taken advantage of by older Asian men, a court heard.
Ferdoush Hasan and Raabsan Khan
A 14-year-old victim was held down by Raabsan Khan and Abu Sufian while Ferdoush Hasan raped her in a sickening attack last February, it is claimed.
Her ordeal was just days after another 14-year-old visitor at the property at Beaufront Terrace, South Shields, was taken into one of the rooms and raped by Hasan acting alone, jurors have heard.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the house was occupied by multiple foreign students, including the trio from Bangladesh, who were studying at South Tyneside College.
It is claimed the three men took advantage of the girls, who were allowed to drink and smoke at the flat, despite being underage.
Hasan, 22, Khan, 19, and Sufian, 21, who were all in the UK on student visas, deny a joint charge of rape.
Hasan denies a further rape charge relating to the first, lone attack.
The men, now of Ocean Road, South Shields, are being tried by a jury.
Prosecutor Anne Richardson told the court: "The crown's case is that these defendants took advantage of young girls who were vulnerable, who were drinking alcohol and smoking although underage, who came to the defendants' then house in order to have somewhere to do both those things.
"Many will wonder what on earth are young girls like this doing going to the house of men older than they were, who spoke very little English and with whom they had no friendly relationship.
"It was precisely because these girls were young, vulnerable and foolish the defendants felt they could act in the way the crown alleges.
"Basically these young girls could be used for sex and either they would not say anything for fear of getting themselves into trouble or, if they did say anything, because of their background and circumstances of how they came to be in the house, no-one would believe them." (Continue Reading.)
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