Sixth man in court over alleged exploitation of 16-year-old girl
A sixth man has appeared in court over the alleged exploitation of a 16-year-old girl.
Chandresh Mistry (37), of Berridge Lane, Belgrave, Leicester, appeared before city magistrates yesterday, charged with causing or persuading a child aged 16 to become a prostitute.
The court heard he was arrested on Thursday.
Five men, aged 20, 22, 25, 27 and 39, have already appeared in court in connection with the case, facing a total of 22 charges, which include trafficking for sexual exploitation, arranging or facilitating prostitution, controlling a child involved in prostitution, inciting child prostitution and paying for sexual services.
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The five, who were remanded into custody, cannot be identified because of a court order banning publication of their names, addresses and dates of birth.
The Mercury has twice unsuccessfully challenged the order.
No such order was made in relation to Mistry, who did not enter a plea yesterday.
He was bailed to appear with the other five on Friday.
A 17-year-old youth and a 15-year-old youth arrested as part of the investigation have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.