Thirty people were indicted in the case, many of Somali descent, and were members or associates of three gangs called the Somali Outlaws, the Somali Mafia and the Lady Outlaws. The gang members are accused of forcing teenage girls into prostitution and operated in the Twin Cities as well as Nashville and Columbus, Ohio. The witness, whose exact age is unknown because her birth certificate was determined to be a fake, said she was being used a prostitute while still in sixth grade.
More defendants indicted this week in an alleged multi-state sex-trafficking ring appeared in court Wednesday for detention hearings in Minneapolis. Magistrate judge Franklin Noel ruled that three defendants should remain in federal custody until they face charges in Nashville. The indictment says the ring, run by Minneapolis-based Somali gangs, prostituted underage girls in Minnesota, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio.
A Somali ex trafficking case unfolding in court highlights the pathetic state of a teenager, who claims she became a prostitute at the age of Gang members used fraud and force to lead a year-old 6th grader in suburban Minneapolis into a life of prostitution that involved being repeatedly violated and trafficked to Minnesota and Tennessee, federal prosecutors said in opening statements Monday in Nashville. Seven of the nine defendants are of Somali descent.
Twin Cities girls, including some who were 13 and younger, were shuffled across state lines to work as prostitutes in a wide-reaching sex-trafficking operation controlled by Somali gangs, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in federal court. At a news conference in Nashville Monday morning, U. Attorney Jerry Martin announced the count indictment against three women and 26 men. The alleged victims, all minors, were listed as Jane Doe 1 through 4.
The indictment, unsealed in U. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee, said one of the gangs' goals was recruiting females under age 18, including some under age 14, and forcing them into prostitution in exchange for cash, drugs or other items. Gang members had been conspiring to recruit young girls for the sex ring since Januarythe indictment said.
The female victims were forced to engage in sex acts in places ranging from a Minneapolis apartment complex to a men's bathroom in a Blaine shopping mall. Authorities noted the unusual scope of the organized sex-trafficking operation in a press conference Monday in Nashville. Everyone who was involved in the case immigrated to the U.
An Italo-Somali band smuggling Somali children into Italy for distribution around Europe and north America has been uncovered by Rome police, sparking concern that the children may have finished up in prostitution or paedophile rings. Eight alleged members of the band were arrested on Saturday, after a three month investigation during which 15 children were traced and placed in care. Ostensibly destined for adoption, children aged between three and 12 were bought or kidnapped from their parents in poor Somali villages.
Thirteen men, all of Somali origin, have been convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of vulnerable girls as young as 13 in Bristol and officers are investigating claims against 49 other suspects. The victims, some of whom were in local authority care, were groomed and passed around by their abusers — often for money — and assaulted in homes, parks and a hotel. One of the girls was raped at age 13 on the same night by three different men, including a stranger, and thought her life would be in danger if she went to the police.
Prostitution in Somalia is officially illegal. Sex trafficking  and child prostitution  are problems in the country. Prostitution laws in Somalia are contained in the Penal Code ofwhich was based on the Italian Penal Code of
ADEN, Yemen Reuters - Somali refugee Saada hates what she does but can see no other way to feed her six children — working as a prostitute in the southern Yemeni city of Aden. Somali prostitutes gather in a slum house in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden February 7, Like many others, Saada fled to Yemen to escape the chaos, clan warfare and famine that has plagued Somalia since warlords toppled President Mohamed Siad Barre in — only to face another struggle for survival in impoverished Yemen.