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Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 25 Feb 2014, 18:32

Vulnerable girls as young as 11 were befriended by a young woman who plied them with drugs and alcohol and then lured them into prostitution in Sheffield, a court heard. Amanda Spencer, now aged 22, ran a ‘pool of prostitutes’ rather than having to sell her own body for drugs money, it is alleged. She and five men are accused of 46 child sexual exploitation offences against nine victims, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

It is alleged that between 2006 and 2011 Spencer exploited nine girls - many of whom were in the care system - before forcing them into a life of alcohol, drugs and sex.

They were introduced to men at locations across Sheffield including the Peace Gardens and Castle Markets and told to have sex with them. If they refused Spencer turned violent, it is claimed.

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said Spencer would tell the girls to lie about their ages and dress provocatively. She said: “Many of the victims in this case were in the care system or marked as ‘missing from home’ at the relevant time, those still at home experiencing difficulties to varying degrees. All were lacking in self esteem and the wherewithal or sense to protect themselves from exploitation.”

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 04 Mar 2014, 21:33

A baby faced female 'pimp' threatened to kill a ten-year-old alleged victim of child prostitution if she didn’t do as she was told, a court has heard. The girl, now 18, said she was just 10 or 11 when she met Amanda Spencer on the streets of Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Spencer, 22, is accused of luring nine young girls into prostitution after first plying them with drink and drugs.

In a DVD played to Sheffield Crown Court, the girl said Spencer would invite her, along with other girls to homes around Sheffield, and get them intoxicated. Then, she said, Spencer would invite men to the properties, who would take advantage of the children.

The court heard that on most occasions, the victims would get little or none of the money paid to Spencer for the sexual favours. The victim said: 'She would get us drunk, give us weed and then she would literally walk out of the room. The men would try it on, I would say no, but they would do what they wanted anyway. I don’t know how old [the men] thought I was but you could tell I was a baby.'

She added: 'Amanda told me she would kill me if I told people what was happening. Intimidated and scared - that’s the way I felt.'

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 07 Mar 2014, 19:56

A teenage girl said to have been the victim of an alleged female ‘pimp’ broke down sobbing and told a court: “I was a little girl, I was scared.” The girl, now 18, told jurors she was 10 when she met Amanda Spencer, who is accused of running a pool of child prostitutes.

Spencer, aged 22, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, is alleged to have been 16 or 17 when she befriended the girl and plied her with alcohol and drugs before taking her to men’s homes for sex. She is also alleged to have taken the girl to Sheffield’s red light district when she was between just 11 and 14.

In a DVD of a police interview played to the jury, the girl said: “Amanda Spencer told me she would kill me if I told people what was happening. Intimidated and scared, that was the way I felt.”

Under cross-examination on a videolink from a room in the court building, the teenager repeatedly broke down and wept.

Andrew O’Byrne QC, defending Spencer, asked the girl about police interviews in 2012 after she made sexual allegations against a number of people not part of the current case.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 12 Mar 2014, 20:44

A 15-year-old alleged victim of a female pimp has told a court she was forced to have sex with seven men in one night. The woman, who is now 21, was giving evidence during the trial of Amanda Spencer at Sheffield Crown Court. Spencer, aged 22, is accused of running a pool of teenage prostitutes in Sheffield, rather than having to sell her own body for drugs money.

Giving evidence via videolink, the woman said that as a teenager she knew Spencer for two years while she was homeless, and during that time Spencer forced her to have sex with 40 or 50 men. The girl said she used cocaine and cannabis every day to help her forget what was happening and put her ‘in a trance’.

Recalling one night in particular, she said Spencer took her to a house full of asylum seekers and forced her to have sex with six men, one after another. When a seventh man entered the room she refused to have sex with him.

“Amanda hit me when I said I wasn’t doing any more,” she said. “She punched me and hit me and started pulling my hair. I had a black eye. She was getting aggressive saying, ‘Just think about the drugs’.”

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 08 Apr 2014, 19:26

A woman accused of running a pool of vulnerable teenage prostitutes in Sheffield broke down and wept in court as she revealed she was raped by a gang of six men.

Amanda Spencer was giving evidence in her defence during her trial for alleged child sexual exploitation offences at Sheffield Crown Court.

Spencer, aged 23, told jurors she was locked in a room and attacked by six Asian men on her 17th birthday after a party at the hostel where she was living.

Spencer, of Canklow Road, Canklow, Rotherham, denied selling nine girls for sex to various men, but admitted she knew some of the girls and had been violent towards four.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 09 Apr 2014, 20:10

A woman accused of running a pool of child prostitutes in Sheffield city centre has denied being a pimp. Amanda Spencer, aged 23, was giving evidence in her defence for the second day at her trial for alleged child sexual exploitation.

The mum-of-one, from Canklow Road, Canklow, Rotherham, denies 38 offences of arranging or facilitating child sex offences in relation to nine underage girls.

The prosecution claim Spencer befriended vulnerable girls, then sold them for sex in return for cash, drugs and alcohol. Prosecution barrister Michelle Colbourne QC told Spencer: “Each of the girls says that you pimped them,” to which Spencer replied: “I’ve never pimped anyone.”

Miss Colbourne suggested Spencer had worked as a prostitute herself between 2007 and 2008.

“Are you trying to say I’m a prostitute?” said Spencer. “Have you heard yourself? Have you heard yourself, love? I’ve never been a prostitute.”

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 18 Apr 2014, 14:05

A man accused of paying a female ‘pimp’ for sex with a 14-year-old girl has denied the offence and said he was playing on his Xbox all night. Lee Unwin is accused of giving Amanda Spencer money to have sex with a teenage girl at his father’s home on Limb Lane, Dore, in 2009.

Sheffield Crown Court has heard Unwin and four other men allegedly paid 23-year-old Spencer or gave her alcohol and drugs in return for sex with underage girls. It is alleged the girl went with Spencer to Unwin’s home where she was forced to have sex with him and stay the night in his bed.

Spencer is alleged to have told the girl to close her eyes and reassured her they would be given money.

Giving evidence in his defence, Unwin, now 26, told the jury he met Spencer in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre, where he went to socialise. He said on the day in question Spencer rang him and asked if she and her friend could come to his dad’s house in Dore to socialise.

Chris Aspinall, defending, said to Unwin: “The allegation is that you have effectively arranged to pay for the sexual services of the girl, via Amanda Spencer, is that right?”

“No,” he replied. Unwin said they drank lager and the girls sat on the bed and chatted while he and his friend Jamie played on the Xbox. “I was on the Xbox the whole time they were there and after they left,” he said.

The trial continues.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 18 Apr 2014, 14:24

A pensioner accused of sexually assaulting three girls and raping one of them has told a court he couldn’t have committed the offences - because he was impotent. The 68-year-old Sheffield man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies sexually abusing the girls at the home he shared with his wife.

It is alleged the girls, two of whom were under 16, were taken to his home by 23-year-old family friend Amanda Spencer, for sexual favours in return for money. She denies 38 child prostitution offences.

A Sheffield Crown Court jury heard the first girl was 13 when the pensioner is alleged to have got her drunk and raped her in his living room, between February and December 2009.

Giving evidence in his defence he denied giving the teenager alcohol, claiming they drank tea, and denied raping her. “I couldn’t have done it. My wife was sitting there in her chair. I couldn’t have done it, not with my osteoarthritis in my spine,” he said. He said at the time he was suffering from impotence, so would not have been able to rape the girl.

The OAP denied giving Spencer £30 afterwards, stating: “No, that never happened either.”

The pensioner was then asked about claims he’d sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl brought to his home by Spencer in June 2009. He admitted sleeping in the same bed as Spencer and the girl, but claimed nothing sexual happened, adding his wife was asleep in a different bedroom. “Nothing happened at all except they were giggling and whispering for about five minutes, then I must have fallen asleep,” he said.

The pensioner also denied the sexual touching of a 20-year-old woman brought to his home by Spencer.

The jury heard the OAP was seen for impotence by his GP in 1999, and then by a consultant at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 2003. He was given a repeat prescription for Viagra until 2010.

The jury heard he had also been issued with ‘abduction notices’ by the police, banning him from associating with girls under 16.

The trial continues.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 25 Apr 2014, 17:12

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts on a woman accused of using drugs and alcohol to lure young girls into prostitution. Jurors were told Amanda Spencer, from Sheffield, was 16 when she began befriending her victims and forcing them to have sex for cash. It is alleged she used the money for her own drug and alcohol addictions.

Miss Spencer, 23, is on trial at Sheffield Crown Court and denies 38 counts relating to child prostitution.

The prosecution said Miss Spencer exploited nine teenage girls whom she befriended and introduced into prostitution. The jury was told she had grown up in the care system like the majority of the alleged victims. Miss Spencer referred to the alleged victims as her sisters but many were frightened of her, the prosecution argued.

She is accused of arranging or facilitating child sexual offences, inciting or causing a child to become a prostitute and inciting or arranging or facilitating the prostitution of a child. Five men are also on trial facing charges relating to the case.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby triple h » 01 May 2014, 13:42

Woman guilty of luring 'vulnerable' girls into prostitution

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Amanda Spencer, 23, was found guilty of counts relating to child prostitution

A woman who used drugs and alcohol to lure "weak and vulnerable" girls into a life of prostitution has been found guilty of running a child sex ring.

Amanda Spencer, from Sheffield, was just 16 when she began befriending her victims - some as young as 13 - later forcing them to have sex for cash.

She used the money to fund her own drug and alcohol addictions.

Spencer, now 23, was found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of 14 counts relating to child prostitution.

She was found not guilty of one count of arranging or facilitating a child sex offence.

During a trial lasting more than two months the jury heard how Spencer, who denied the charges, deliberately targeted vulnerable girls in Sheffield.

'Life of abuse'

Prosecutor Michelle Colborne QC said Spencer gave the girls alcohol and drugs and "when [they were] weak, introduced them to a life of prostitution".

"Amanda Spencer was a fraud, say the prosecution," she said.

"She hung around the town centre identifying and befriending vulnerable children.

"She made them feel loved, she gave them a shoulder to cry on, a friend who purported to understand whatever sadness they were experiencing in their lives and in turn lured them into a life of abuse, which she exploited and profited from."

Ms Colborne told jurors Spencer groomed the girls for abuse.

Spencer's 'wrath'

She said: "She told them how to dress more provocatively, to lie about their age and to close their minds to the reality of the sexual experiences, concentrating instead on the drugs.

"Those who had the temerity to refuse to do as they were instructed felt her wrath, she was violent and they were very frightened of her."

Between 2006 and 2011 Spencer befriended and exploited the girls, forcing them to have sex with men, both at her own flat and at other homes across South Yorkshire.

Girls were also abused in the toilets of Sheffield's former Castle Market and a city centre fast food restaurant on occasions.

One girl told the court she was forced into prostitution just days after meeting Spencer in 2008.

The jury is considering a further 23 counts also relating to child sex offences.

In addition, Spencer was found guilty of 12 counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of child prostitution.

She was also convicted of two counts of causing or inciting child prostitution.

One man, who cannot be named, has been found guilty of two counts of sexual assault.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby Preacher » 01 May 2014, 15:07

triple h wrote:
The jury is considering a further 23 counts also relating to child sex offences.

In addition, Spencer was found guilty of 12 counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of child prostitution.


Thanks H. Beggars belief. A nasty business, it seems like she was a one-woman sex crime wave!

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 01 May 2014, 17:28

Thanks for the update H
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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 02 May 2014, 17:46

The jury in the trial of child sex ring leader Amanda Spencer has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on 14 remaining charges. The 23-year-old was found guilty of 16 child prostitution offences at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday and cleared of eight similar offences. The jury heard she was 16 when she began luring "weak and vulnerable" girls into prostitution.

Spencer was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on Tuesday. During the trial the court heard she forced her victims - some as young as 13 - to have sex for cash, using the money to fund her drug and alcohol addictions.

Judge Michael Murphy QC thanked the jury of 11 women and one man for their efforts during the two-month trial and granted them exemption from jury service for 10 years. Addressing the jury he said: "I've never seen a case like this in terms of the vulnerable witnesses we had and I know you have been faced with some pretty challenging and pretty harrowing evidence and you have done it with considerable restraint."

Prosecutor Peter Hampton said a decision on whether to seek a retrial on the remaining counts would be made in the coming days.

Det Ch Insp Bob Chapman, from South Yorkshire Police, said: "I'm very pleased that the evidence given by the victims in this trial has, in the main, has been vindicated by the verdicts. The victims have had to attend court and relive the terrible events they suffered all over again. They have been extremely brave and the investigation team and I am very proud of them all."

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 02 May 2014, 18:10

Convicted pimp Amanda Ann Spencer had a happy and stable upbringing at home with her parents and siblings in Stockport – until a move to Yorkshire changed everything. As a child she attended special school because, in her own words, she was a ‘backwards child’ – and if given something to read, she would start at the bottom of the page and read it backwards, she claimed. But her mother brought up the children while her father worked, and the family enjoyed regular holidays abroad to destinations such as Portugal and Spain.

But when she was 14 Spencer’s family moved to York, because one of her brothers was ‘hanging around with drug dealers’.

Spencer told the jury at Sheffield Crown Court she didn’t go to school in York ‘because I didn’t intend to stay there’. On her 15th birthday she ran away from home. “I packed my bags and left,” she said.

Spencer went to stay with her sister in Leeds, then moved to Manchester for two to three months, before being taken back to York by the police and put in emergency foster care for two months. “I loved it,” she said. “They were nice people and they treated me like an adult.”

But once placed in permanent foster care Spencer said she ran away the first night, and every night for two weeks, until she was transferred to another placement. She spent time at foster homes in Sheffield and Chesterfield – but by 2008 she was living in hostels with ‘crackheads’.

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Re: Woman ‘recruited child prostitutes’ in Sheffield

Postby admin » 04 May 2014, 14:05

Care staff knew about the crimes of a young woman who began grooming vulnerable underage girls at the age of 15 five years before she faced justice, reports today suggest. Amanda Spencer, 23, befriended girls, some as young as 11, on the streets of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, before luring them into a life of prostitution.

Spencer would offer the vulnerable girls, many of whom were in care, a shoulder to cry on - before piling them with drink and drugs and forcing them to have sex with various men. She would then become aggressive if they refused to have intercourse with men in flats around Sheffield, in the city's Castle Markets and the toilets of nearby McDonald's and KFC restaurants, the court was told.

Following a six-week trial, Spencer was found guilty of 14 counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and two counts of causing or inciting child prostitution against five girls between 2006 and 2011.

Today, it was claimed that care workers may have know about her crimes as early as June 2009 when a girl, then 14, allegedly told authorities she had been 'forced to have sex with an Asian male.' According to The Times, a confidential South Yorkshire Police report suggests staff at the teen's care home recorded she was 'very frightened of Amanda and had sex with male as Spencer said she would assault her if she did not' The newspaper suggests the 2010 report also details how the girl was forced to engage in sexual activity with Asian men for just £10.

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