Three men who were allegedly part of a child sex ring will stand trial accused of forcing young girls into prostitution.
Mohammed Khubaib, (43), Qadir Ahmed, (27), and Manase Motaung, (31), are accused of raping and molesting the girls between 2007 and 2013.
The court heard 23 alleged victims, all who were aged between 13 and 17, are due to claim they were raped, sexually abused and forced into prostitution by the men.
The three men all appeared at The Old Bailey in London on Friday (5 December), where they faced a total of 17 counts child trafficking, forced prostitution, rape, and sexual activity with a child.
All the men pleaded not guilty to all the charges they face, and Judge Peter Rook QC set a trial date for 16 February 2015.
Khubaib, a restaurateur and lettings agent from Norfolk Street, Peterborough, faces 11 trafficking allegations between 2011 and 2013.
He also faces claims he raped a teenage girl in August 2007 and paid for sex with another child.
Motaung, of Gladstone Street, Peterborough is accused of trafficking seven girls around the UK for sexual exploitation, as well as a claim he raped a teenage girl on 18 October, 2012.
Ahmed, of Cromwell Road, Peterborough the youngest of the three, is accused of forcing a girl into sexual activity in August 2008, controlling a child for prostitution between April 2011 and April 2013, and having sex with another teenage girl on 27 February, 2012.
The case will be heard again on February 6 for pre-trial discussions.