Five men have appeared in court over the alleged exploitation of a 16-year-old girl. They face a total of 22 charges.
The defendants, none have whom has yet entered a plea, were remanded back into custody following yesterday’s hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.
At their two previous court appearances, an order was imposed banning publication of their names, addresses and dates of birth.
The Mercury, however, has successfully challenged this order, which was removed yesterday by District Judge John Temperley.
Aabidali Mubarak Ali (39), of Guthlaxton Street, Highfields, Leicester, is charged with two counts of arranging or facilitating the prostitution of a child aged 13 to 17, two counts of trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation and two counts of paying for the sexual services of a girl aged 16. He is also charged with controlling a child aged 13 to 17 in prostitution.
Rakib Iacub (20), of Maynard Road, Highfields, Leicester, faces two charges of trafficking for sexual exploitation and four further charges – inciting child prostitution, controlling a child in prostitution, paying for sexual services and arranging or facilitating prostitution of a child.
Hamza Imtiazali (27), of Kashmir Road, Belgrave, Leicester, is charged with trafficking, arranging the prostitution of a child and two counts of paying for sexual services.
Bharat Modhwadia (25), of Wycombe Road, Humberstone, Leicester, is charged with trafficking, arranging the prostitution of a child and paying for sexual services.
Wajid Usman (22), of no fixed abode, is charged with trafficking and paying for sexual services. They were remanded into custody until a committal hearing when the case will be sent to a Crown Court.
A sixth defendant in the case, Chandresh Mistry (37), of Berridge Lane, Belgrave, Leicester, appeared before city magistrates on Friday, February 1, charged with causing or persuading a child aged 16 to become a prostitute.
No plea was entered and no order banning publication of his details was made.
Mistry, who did not appear in court yesterday, had his conditional bail extended until March 6.