Teen Victim Helps With Sex Trafficking Arrests
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
March 17, 2014 4:24 PM
Human trafficking has become a growing problem everywhere, including in South Dakota. In the past four years, two people have been convicted and given life sentences for trafficking in the Sioux Falls area. Monday, Mohammed Alaboudi was the third.
“Mr. Alaboudi's house of horrors is closed and our mission as law enforcement is to make sure that another one does not open up in the future,” said Brendan Johnson, The United States Attorney for South Dakota.
Mohammed Alaboudi lived two blocks from downtown Sioux Falls on 1st Avenue and what happened in his top level apartment, was enough for a jury to hand Alaboudi four life sentences.
“What Alaboudi would do, is he would lure young girls, young women, into his home with drugs and alcohol. And he targeted, really the most vulnerable girls in our communities,” said Johnson. “They would huff hair spray in his home all to lower their inhibitions. So, they could not say no when he would bring man after man into his home to have sex with these young girls.”
Leaders from a handful of South Dakota's law enforcement agencies were present at the announcement of Alaboudi's sentencing. They praised the actions of a girl that brought Alabuodi and more than a dozen other men to justice.
“A 14-year-old girl who had the courage to tell her story, who had the courage, the bravery, to make sure that this wouldn't happen to other girls in our community. And it was that courage and that willingness with law enforcement that has brought human traffickers in the Sioux Falls area to justice,” said Johnson.
Johnson knows the fight against sex trafficking will continue. But, he and everyone working at law enforcement agencies want victims to know, if they're willing to share their story, more people like Alaboudi will be off the streets.