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Three men in court over Rotherham child sex abuse

Three men have appeared in court as part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of children in Rotherham.

Asghar Bostan, 47, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, is accused of raping a female.

Mohammed Yasin, 36, of Lilycroft Road, Bradford, and Qaiser Iqbal, 35, of Bingley Road, Bradford, are charged with two other offences.

The crimes are alleged to have taken place in the town between 2003 and 2006.

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All three were released on bail at a hearing at Sheffield Magistrates Court. They are due to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on 19 July.

Mr Yasin and Mr Iqbal both face charges of taking a child away from a responsible person and intentionally arranging or facilitating the travel of a female for the purposes of sexual abuse.

The men have been charged as part of the National Crime Agency's Operation Stovewood investigation.

To date, a total of 15 men have been arrested and seven charged as part of the inquiry.

It was launched following the release of the Jay report in August 2014, which revealed more than 1,400 children were the victims of abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

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