Two in court on trafficking and grooming charges

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A pair of men accused of trafficking and grooming teenage girls have been remanded in custody.

Taxi driver Ismail Haji, 37, of Rotary Close, Dewsbury, and supermarket worker Mohammed Chothia, 35, of Whitehall Way, Dewsbury, appeared before Wakefield Magistrates’ Court having been charged with various sexual offences.

The charges allegedly involve offences against two girls aged 13 and 15, as well as a vulnerable woman in her 20s.

They are alledged to have taken place in the Dewsbury and Wakefield areas between September and October of this year.

Haji is charged with two offences of raping a 15-year-old girl, as well as an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence.

Chothia meanwhile has been charged with sexual assault on a woman in her 20s.

He also faces trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offences.

Solicitors Stephen Swan, for Haji, and Chris Morton, for Chothia, both applied for bail.

Magistrate Hazel Chowcat remanded both in custody.

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