The trial of a Carlisle takeaway owner accused of running a brothel, paying a child for sex and inciting child prostitution is entering its second week.
Azad Miah, who ran the former Spice of India in Botchergate, denies 17 charges.
Last week the trial, at Carlisle Crown Court, heard from a number of teenage girls who said they'd received text messages from him offering to pay them for sex.
However none of them now had the messages.
The prosecution evidence is expected to end shortly.
The accused, Mr. Miah, could go into the witness box tomorrow (Tues) to start giving the defence evidence. The trial is expected to last three weeks in total.
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