Rochdale child sex exploitation: Five men appear in court
Five men have appeared in court over alleged child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.
The men, aged between 26 and 37, are accused of a catalogue of serious sex offences against females aged between 13 and 23 in the Greater Manchester town.
They were held under Operation Doublet, which is investigating abuse allegedly carried out between 2005 and 2013.
The men appeared at Bury Magistrates' Court.
No pleas were entered during the short hearing and the defendants were granted bail.
They are due to appear at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on 16 March.
The men are:
- Mohammed Davood, 37, of Leyland Road, Burnley, Lancashire, charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of rape, one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of sexual assault
- Shayfur Rahman, 31, of Chapel Road, Prestwich, Greater Manchester, charged with one count of rape
- Kutab Miah, 34, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of rape
- Rehan Ali, 26, of Cleethorpes Avenue, Blackley, Manchester, charged with one count of rape and six counts of sexual activity with a child
- Iklaq Choudhry Hussain, 37, of Mayfield Terrace, Rochdale, charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of rape
Two other men have previously appeared before the court in connection with the same inquiry.
Three others are due to appear at Tameside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.