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Prostitution Indictment for Berlusconi Aides

Lele Mora, along with two other Berlusconi aides, is charged with recruiting a girl and women for prostitution, May 2011 (file photo).

A Milan judge has ordered three of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's aides to stand trial on charges they allegedly abetted prostitution.

The aides, Emilio Fede, Nicole Minetti and Lele Mora, allegedly hired a 17-year-old and other young women for erotic parties at Berlusconi's home.

They are also accused of establishing contact with Moroccan-born Karima El Mahroug, known as Ruby, who was 17 when she was allegedly paid to have sex with Berlusconi on 13 occasions.

Prostitution is not a crime in Italy, but exploiting prostitutes or paying for sex with a minor is.

Fede, Minetti and Mora have all denied any wrongdoing. Their trial will begin on November 21.

Their trial has been separated from that of the 74-year-old prime minister who is facing trial on charges of having sex with the underage prostitute.

He also is charged with abuse of power for urging police to release El Mahroug after she was arrested for theft. Berlusconi says he is innocent of the charges.

Also on Monday, an Italian court denied a request by Berlusconi's lawyers to delay his "Ruby" trial until February.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.