Eleven Greater Manchester men facing sex ring trial
Eleven men are to stand trial accused of being part of a sex exploitation ring involving under-age girls.
The men, from Oldham and Rochdale, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court to deny conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 16.
Some of the men are also accused of rape and trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Four of the group were remanded in custody and the others were bailed until their trial in February.
Kabeer Hassan, 24, Abdul Aziz, 43, Abdul Rauf, 42, Mohammed Sajid, 34, Adil Khan, 41, Abdul Qayyum, 43, Mohammed Amin, 44, Qamar Shahzad, 29, Liaquat Shah, 41, Hamid Safi, 21, and a 58-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons all denied conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.
The 58-year-old man also denied two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape and an allegation of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Mr Hassan, of Lacrosse Avenue, Oldham, Greater Manchester, and Mr Shahzad, of Tweedale Street, Rochdale, also denied rape.
Mr Aziz, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale, denied two counts of rape and one allegation of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Mr Khan, of Oswald Street, and Mr Rauf, of Darley Road, both Rochdale, also pleaded not guilty to trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Mr Sajid, of Jepheys Street, Rochdale, denied trafficking, two counts of rape and one allegation of sexual activity with a child.
Mr Amin, of Falinge Road, Rochdale, denied sexual assault.
Mr Shah and Mr Safi, both of Kensington Street, Rochdale, each denied two counts of rape and Mr Safi also pleaded not guilty to trafficking.
Proceedings were discontinued against Mohammed Ikhlaq, 41, of Cloverhall Crescent, Rochdale.
Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan, Hamid Safi and the 58-year-old were remanded in custody by Judge Gerald Clifton.
Mr Qayyum, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, and the rest of the defendants were granted bail.