AN underage girl who is accusing seven men of historic sexual offences has been described as frightened and very underweight by a social worker who assessed her at the time.

Nazir Khan, 28, of no fixed abode, faces two rape allegations; Usman Sultan, 28, of Lawkholme Lane, Keighley, faces four rape allegations; Kamran Hussain, 28, of Hawk Street, Keighley, faces two counts of rape; Ali Razaq, 26, of Hawk Street, Keighley, faces one count of rape; Sohail Hussain, 30, of Skipton Road, Keighley, faces five counts of rape; Hasan Ali, 28, of Hollings Lane, Keighley, faces two counts of rape.

A seventh man, Kasam Hussain, 30, of Lister Street, Keighley, faces one charge of intentionally inciting a girl aged under 16 to engage in sexual activity.

The seven defendants are on trial facing a total of 17 counts between them and all seven pleaded not guilty to all charges against them.

The charges against the defendants date between 2008 and 2009.

The girl from Keighley, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was referred to social services due to sexual exploitation allegations, being underweight and her poor attendance at school and Joanna Small worked with her between March and June 2009, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

The trial continues.