A MAN has been accused of trafficking a woman 373 miles for prostitution.

John Leacock - also known as Jonathan Bowman - allegedly arranged the transfer, recruitment and harbouring of the woman between December 14 and 19, 2020.

Leacock is said to have sorted her travel from Bristol to Glasgow and arranged her accommodation at a flat in the city centre's St Vincent Street to work as a sex worker.

The charge states that he advertised her online and arranged for the attendance at the flat for customers for the purpose of receiving sexual services from her.

It is claimed that he agreed the price with customers and he retained the payment personally.

The allegations state: "You did this with a view to exploit her by means of a person exercising control, direction or influence over prostitution of her in a way which showed that the person was aiding, abetting or compelling the prostitution."

Leacock faces a separate charge of assaulting the woman between December 16 and 19, 2020 at the flat.

It claims Leacock repeatedly shouted, swore and pursued her before grabbing her wrist and dug his fingernails into her hand.

The charge goes on to say he then placed his hand over her mouth and nose then pushed her to the face all to her injury.

It is said that the charge is aggravated by connection to human trafficking activity.

A third charge claims Leacock behaved in a threatening or abusive manner at the same time and place.

Allegations are that he repeatedly carried a knife around the flat and repeatedly placed a cabinet outside of the woman's bedroom in order to restrict her movements.

A final charge states that Leacock gave a false name and date of birth to the police on December 19, 2020.

This charge is also said to have been aggravated by human trafficking activity.

Leacock - who did not appear in the dock - pleaded not guilty to the four charges at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday.

A further hearing was fixed for next month by Sheriff Gerard Considine.

Leacock, of Reading, Berkshire, remains on bail for the matter meantime.