FOUR people have appeared in court in connection with a sexual exploitation inquiry in which a home in Chard was raided.
The investigation centres on Yeovil and began last August after police received information about alleged sex offences in the town.
Enquiries led to a warrant being carried out at a home in Chard, another in Yeovil and a business premises in Yeovil under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Four people appeared at Taunton Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on Thursday (April 10).
Luke Fuller, of Kingston, Yeovil, faces charges of trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation and a count of conspiracy to rape a woman aged 16 or over.
Jon Smillie, 28, of Hathermead Gardens, Yeovil, faces charges of trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation, one count of rape of a girl under 13 and one count of controlling a child aged 13-17 involved in prostitution/ pornography.
Eleanor Dollery, 21, of Preston Road, Yeovil, is charged with conspiracy to rape a woman aged 16 or over and trafficking persons within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Meetu Miah, 37, of Earle Street, Yeovil, is charged with trafficking persons within the UK along with self-imprisonment and controlled prostitution and rape.
None of the accused entered a plea and the case has been adjourned until a later date.