Carlisle brothel trial

The jury is expected to retire today in the trial of restaurateur Azad Miah who denies running a child brothel at his Indian takeaway in Carlisle.

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Takeaway owner jailed for 15 years

A Carlisle takeaway owner has been jailed for 15 years for attempting to recruit young girls into prostitution and running a brothel from his curry house. Azad Miah was found guilty yesterday of 10 offences, following a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

He paid for sex with vulnerable underage girls, some had drug or alcohol addictions or chaotic home lives. He also used the rooms above the former Spice of India takeaway on Botchergate as a brothel, when men paid as little as £10 for sex with the girls who were as young as 15.

He pursued one girl and sent her dozens of texts despite knowing she was just 12 years old. Sentencing him the judge said:

You preyed on the immaturity and vulnerability of young girls

– Judge Peter Hughes

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