Jury finds Sioux Falls man guilty on sex trafficking charges
After four days of deliberations, a jury determined a Sioux Falls man is guilty of sex trafficking.
Mohammed Sharif Alaboudi, 45, was found guilty on four counts, including sex trafficking by force and sex trafficking of a child.
Each of the four counts carries a maximum life prison sentence. Three counts carry mandatory minimum prison terms of 15 years, US States Attorney Brendan Johnson said.
Alaboudi was arrested following an extensive investigation that the Sioux Falls Police street crimes unit started in 2011.
Investigators found Alaboudi living in a one-bedroom apartment in central Sioux Falls. Girls and young women, many homeless and suffering from addiction, would frequent his residence, Johnson said. At trial, victims described how Alaboudi would use violence and drugs to force these women into having sex with him and other men.
"Alaboudi operated a house of horrors right here in South Dakota," Johnson said. "He lured women and young girls to his home and then kept them high on drugs and alcohol while forcing them to engage in sex acts with strangers. This case reminds us that when people fall through the cracks in our community, there are sexual predators waiting in the wings to exploit them."
This case was investigated by the Sioux Falls Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security—Criminal Investigations and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Koliner and Jeff Clapper prosecuted the case.
A presentence investigation was ordered. Alaboudi was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and a sentencing date will be set.
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