Six defendants charged with alleged Rotherham child sexual exploitation offences are to stand trial in December.
The four men and two women appeared at Sheffield Crown Court this morning for a preliminary hearing after being charged in connection with offences said to have occurred in the 1990s and early 2000s.
They were all given conditional bail and will be back at court in September for a plea hearing before a potential trial lasting up to seven weeks starts in December.
At the hearing, The Star successfully applied to overturn an order granted at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court preventing the publication of the defendants’ addresses.
Judge Julian Goose said there was no valid reason why they should not be made public.
Arshid Hussain, 40, of High Street, East Cowick, Goole, has been charged with 46 offences, including indecent assault and procuring of a female to have sexual intercourse.
Sajid Bostan, 38, of Sherwood Crescent or Broom Avenue, both in Rotherham, has been charged with 11 offences, including unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13 and indecent assault.
Majid Bostan, 37, of Ledsham Road, Rotherham, is charged with one count of indecent assault.
Qurban Ali, 52, of Clough Road, Masbrough, who has been charged with offences including rape and procuring a child to have unlawful sexual intercourse with another.
Karen MacGregor, 58, of Barnsley Road, Wath, has been charged with conspiring to procure a child to become a common prostitute and unlawful imprisonment.
Forty-year-old Shelley Davies, of Wainwright Road, Kimberworth Park, has been charged with conspiracy to procure a child to become a common prostitute and unlawful imprisonment.
MacGregor, Davies, Ali and Hussain are also jointly charged with conspiracy to rape.
Also charged in the same operation are two of Hussain’s brothers - Bannaras Hussain, 35, and Sageer Hussain, 29, who are expected to be part of the same trial.