Man appears at magistrates on trafficking charges

A Latvian man appeared in front of magistrates on Friday - facing sex trafficking charges related to an incident at a Ripley hotel last year.

Ignas Judins, of the country’s capital Riga, is alleged to have trafficked young women into the country with the help of three English men.

The prosecution holds that Judins met the women on an internet chat site and offered to take them to England on a sightseeing tour of London.

It is alleged the women were instead taken to the Premier Inn at Butterley when they arrived in the country and sexually assaulted there.

The 30-year-old faces four charges of trafficking people into the UK for sexual exploitation and one charge of rape, which date back to October 2011.

He entered no plea at Southern Derby Magistrates Court on Friday and is to appear at Derby Crown Court on Friday, January 25.

He has been remanded in custody until that date.