Published: 00:01, 11 February 2015
A teenage Slovakian girl has told the Folkestone trial into sexual exploitation how she was targeted within a day of coming to the UK.
Giving evidence for the first time in the five-week long hearing, the girl claimed she told one of the men accused of abusing her:
“I am not a whore!”
The prosecution has alleged that Roman Bodnar, 33, from Leeds; Josef Dirda, 30, from Folkestone Road, Dover; AliceKalejova, 37, from Dover Road, Folkestone; Marian Cisar, 22, from Athelstan Road, Folkestone and Jolana Rohalova, 40 from Brockman Road, Folkestone, were involved in the girl’s sexual exploitation.
Dressed in a white top and speaking through an interpreter, the youngster gave her evidence by CCTV from a room in Canterbury Crown Court.
“I gave an answer to their question that I am not a whore! That I am a normal woman, I don’t do bad things and I did not wish for them to treat me like that”
She told how she came to Folkestone with her family and the following day met Cisar who was with another man.
“They asked me where I was from, how old I was, whether I knew how to earn money for myself and whatever.”
She told him she was 14 and had just moved to the town and was asked whether I knew how to earn some money.
She told the jury that she responded: “I gave an answer to their question that I am not a whore! That I am a normal woman, I don’t do bad things and I did not wish for them to treat me like that.”
Prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC told the jury at the start of the trial: “The Crown say that these defendants were in different ways and to differing degrees involved in this girl’s sexual exploitation and at various locations in Kent
“The male defendants used her for their own sexual gratification. The Crown say she was targeted, supplied with drugs, sometimes threatened, assaulted and used by the defendants as a prostitute.”
The five, who are hearing the evidence translated by a team of five interpreters, have all pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, administering a substance with intent and causing child prostitution.
The teenager alleged that a week after arriving in the UK she met a young Slovakian girl who asked her where she was from and if she had a boyfriend.
“I told her that I was 14. I come from Slovakia. I didn’t have a boyfriend. To this she said ‘OK’ do you wish to be a friend of mine?
“She said to me: ’Don’t you worry I am a good girl, you can see for yourself that I am good’.
“I said OK. I will be friends with you. That one thing I don’t wish for you to take drugs in front of me. I said I don’t take drugs.”
The girl then said that a month later the girl – who cant be named because of her age – arrived after midnight and asked her to go with her.
She said she refused but the following evening, she agreed to go with the friend to the house “ of a Kurdish” man where the friend began drinking and “taking weed and gave me some too, “ she claimed.
The trial continues.