Glasgow & West Scotland

Four in court in Glasgow over sex trafficking around UK

Three men and a woman have appeared in court to face one of the first prosecutions in Scotland under new sex trafficking legislation.

Stephen Craig, Malcolm McNeil, Gordon Dryburgh and Sarah Beukan are all accused of moving women and men around the UK for prostitution.

The four, who deny the charges against them, appeared for a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

A trial has been adjourned until August.

The addresses of Mr Craig, 34, and Mr McNeil, 47, were given as HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow.

Mr Dryburgh, aged 38, is from Bridge of Allan, and 22-year-old Ms Beukan is from Leith.

They all deny moving 14 men and women to various addresses in Glasgow, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Newcastle for sex, between January 2009 and September 2010.

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

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

Mr Craig is also accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Defence advocate Mark Moir, representing Mr Craig, asked the court to adjourn the trial until later this year to allow more time to prepare.

Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC granted the motion.

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