Ten charged in girl abuse investigation

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A GROUP of men accused of sexually exploiting teenage girls have been charged with a range of offences including rape, sexual assault and trafficking.

West Midlands Police said 10 suspects aged between 19 and 30 were charged following an inquiry into the alleged abuse of girls at various locations across Coventry.

The charges relate to the alleged exploitation of five teenagers between May and September last year.

Brothers Gulfraz Banaris, 20, Ifaraz Banaris, 25, and Izthkhab Banaris, 24, all Coventry, are charged with conspiracy to traffic girls across the city for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

Gulfraz and Izthkhab are also both accused of a rape.

A police spokesman said all three men appeared before
magistrates in Coventry and were remanded in custody to face Coventry Crown Court on November 7.

Brothers Isa Iqbal, 21, Ismail Iqbal, 20, both of no fixed address and cousins of the Banaris brothers, also face trafficking counts and are due to reappear in court in November.

Five other men appeared in court in Coventry yesterday in connection with the investigation: Ricardo Hinkson, 23; Amir Mahmood, 27; Tasveer Hussain, 30; Saleem Hussain, 30; and Khezer Hussain, 25