published Friday, May 4th, 2012

Tennessee: 3 convicted, 6 acquitted in sex trafficking case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee jury has convicted three men charged with operating a sexual trafficking ring run mostly by Somali refugee gang members. Another six were acquitted of all charges.

The defendants are among a total of 30 who were indicted in the case that spans from Minnesota to Ohio and Tennessee.

A Somali witness identified only as Jane Doe No. 2 testified that she was used as a prostitute by gang members starting at the age of 12.

Defense attorneys contended the witness willingly had sex with multiple defendants and lied about it so her conservative Somali family could save face.

Idris Ibrahim Fahra, Andrew Kayachith and Yassin Abdirahman Yusuf were found guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. Sahra also was found guilty of sexually trafficking children.

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