Six in court over South Yorkshire child sex charges

A woman and five men have appeared in court charged with sex offences against children as young as 12, including child prostitution and rape.

The alleged offences relate to 17 victims, 16 girls and one boy, in South Yorkshire, said to have been committed between 2004 and 2011.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is facing 41 charges.

Many of the victims were vulnerable and in care at the time of the alleged offences, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The woman is charged with arranging or facilitating a child sexual offence, inciting or causing a child to become a prostitute and inciting or arranging or facilitating the prostitution of a child.

Trial scheduled

Lee Unwin, 26, of Nethergreen Road, and John McLachlan, 65, of Firth Park, both Sheffield, are accused of paying for the sexual service of a child.

Kareem Ahmed, 29, of Manor Park, is accused of arranging or facilitating travel for the commission of a sexual offence, and Bashdar Hamadamin, 26, of Burngreave, also both Sheffield, faces a charge of rape.

A fifth man, also from Sheffield, who cannot be named, faces three counts of sexual assault, one on a child under the age of 13.

Judge Michael Murphy QC said: "This is a case that's going to involve many young people, and many young people in care."

All six were bailed to appear at the same court for a plea and case management hearing on 8 October.

A seven-week trial has been scheduled for 17 February.

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