An Asian takeaway owner has been jailed for 15 years after paying under-age girls for sex and inciting others to become child prostitutes.

Now detectives are also investigating possible links to the child sex ring gang in Rochdale who were jailed last week, it was revealed today.

Azad Miah, 44, targeted his victims in what the prosecution at Carlisle Crown Court described as a ‘cold, clinical exploitation of the desperate and vulnerable.’

The married father-of-four paid for the sexual services of two teenagers who were both introduced to him by the same woman.

One of those girls was encouraged to have sex with him out of desperation for cash when she was 15, while he had a sexual relationship with the other, a heroin addict, when she was aged between 15 and 17.

A jury also found the Bangladeshi national guilty yesterday of inciting three other girls, one as young as 12, into prostitution, while running a brothel above his former Spice of India shop in Carlisle city centre.

Miah groomed vulnerable white girls as young as 12 for paid sex and told one of his five child victims: ‘In my country it doesn’t matter about age’.

He saw the girls as ‘fresh meat’ and sent hundreds of text messages promising to give them drugs, alcohol and money in return for sex.

Those who defiantly resisted his advances were branded ‘white trash’ .

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