Scotland

Four Scots accused of sex trafficking across UK

Three men and a woman who are accused of sex trafficking offences are to stand trial next month.

Stephen Craig, Malcolm McNeil, Gordon Dryburgh and Sarah Beukan are all alleged to have moved women and men around the UK for prostitution.

They are believed to be the first to be charged under new legislation designed to deal with a range of offences including trafficking for prostitution.

The four deny all the charges against them.

Mr Craig, 34, and Mr McNeil, 47 - both of HMP Barlinnie - Mr Dryburgh, 38, of Bridge of Allan, Stirling, and Ms Beukan, 22, of Leith, Edinburgh, are accused of moving 14 men and women around the country.

Drugs charge

They are alleged to have taken them to various addresses in Glasgow, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Newcastle for sex between January 2009 and September 2010.

Ms Beuken is accused of managing the alleged victims and arranging accommodation and advertising for them at various Glasgow addresses between the same dates.

The three men are also charged with managing the men and women and living on earnings from prostitution.

And Mr Craig has been accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

At a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court, prosecutor Keith O'Mahoney revealed there will be more than 200 witnesses and said the trial was expected to last six weeks.

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