GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – A Grand Island man goes on trial this fall for his part in a local sex-trafficking scheme.
Mohamuud Gurre, 31, is charged with felony Labor/Sex trafficking in Hall County District Court. His trial is scheduled for Nov 2.
Gurre and Hassan Aden, 33, of Grand Island, were arrested in May after an investigation into a sex trafficking scheme in which multiple women were brought into a house near downtown Grand Island and sold to local men for sex. Court records indicate that Aden and Gurre drugged and beat the women if they refused sex with their customers. The records indicate that in at least one case a woman said Gurre threatened her children if she didn’t cooperate.
Court records indicate the crimes occurred between December 2018 and September 2019.
Aden is charged with two counts of felony Labor/Sex trafficking in Hall County Court. His next hearing is Aug 5.
The max penalty for labor/human trafficking is 50 years in prison.
Local authorities believe the sex trafficking ring may extend beyond Grand Island.
Captain Jim Duering of Grand Island Police Department said, “We do have information that leads us to believe that it happened in other communities and across state lines.”
While some victims have been identified as a part of this investigation, police suspect that more victims exist.
“We did identify several victims of this case but portions of this investigation are on-going, said Duering. “We do believe that there are more victims and we hope that this arrest empowers those victims to come forward and speak with us.”
Police request that anyone with information on human and sex trafficking in the protection of these victims and contact the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to Be Free (233733).
If victims don’t want to talk to police, they can contact the Crisis Center in Grand Island at (308) 381-0555.
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