Three more Twin Cities women have been charged in connection with an alleged sex-trafficking ring involving young white girls and Somali-American MUSLIM gangs — this time for reportedly threatening and attacking a key witness in the case.
STAR TRIBUNE -(H/T Cliff C) -Hawo Osman Ahmed, Ifrah Abdi Yassin and Hamdi Ahmed Mohamud appeared at a detention hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on charges that they had threatened and assaulted a witness identified in an affidavit only as “MA.”
Ahmed was ordered held and will be transferred to Nashville to face charges there. A U.S. magistrate judge ordered that Yassin and Mohamud each be released to a halfway house while their cases are pending.
The charges against the women bring the number of people charged in connection with the alleged sex-trafficking ring to 33. In November, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee announced indictments against 29 people, mostly from the Twin Cities, for allegedly running an interstate human trafficking ring that sold Somali girls — one as young as 12 — into prostitution. A 30th suspect was indicted last month.
The suspects, said to be members of three Somali gangs, are alleged to have run a decade-long business that included credit card fraud and burglary — as well as transporting girls from the Twin Cities to Columbus, Ohio, and Nashville to perform sex acts for money.
The three women accused of threatening the witness were arrested Friday, after the witness called an investigator from Minnesota — who was in Nashville at the time — to say she had been assaulted. READ MORE