Three Minneapolis gangs allegedly operated the ring, including an all-female gang known as The Lady Outlaws.
Working with the Somali Mafia and the Somali Outlaws, the group recruited pre-teen and teenage girls to have sex in exchange for cash, marijuana and other items, the indictment said.
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 24- count indictment against three women and 26 men.
Its uniformed force, which numbers more than 22,000, comes from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone (file picture - there is no suggestion the soldiers pictured were involved in the abuse) Somalia has been mired in chaos and conflict since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991.
The government is struggling to re-impose order and a new federal structure as it battles Islamist militant group al Shabaab (file picture shows al-Shabaab fighters performing military exercises in Mogadishu) Somalia has been mired in chaos and conflict since the overthrow of President Siad Barre in 1991.
He said the mission was in the process of appointing two conduct and disciplinary officers and a women's protection officer, as well as setting up a 'more robust and confidential reporting mechanism' for victims of misconduct.The government is struggling to re-impose order and a new federal structure as it battles Islamist militant group al Shabaab.All of the cases documented in the Human Rights Watch report involved Ugandan or Burundian soldiers.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.In all, 29 people were indicted on charges of sex trafficking of juveniles and other crimes.