27 men and 2 women appear in court accused of child trafficking, rape & sex abuse against 18 girls as young as 11

A group of 27 men and two women have appeared in court today accused of more than 170 charges relating to the rape, sexual exploitation and neglect of 18 children over seven years.

The majority of the defendants arrived and left Kirklees Magistrates’ Court with their faces covered and were all escorted by police amid protests outside.

The 27 men are accused of committing historic sex, trafficking and exploitation offences against 18 girls aged between 11 and 17 between 2004 and 2011.

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