Arguments in large federal sex trafficking trial begin

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:45pm

After being indicted on federal sex trafficking charges 16 months ago, 15 Somali immigrants head to trial in a Nashville courtroom Tuesday. The defendants' attorneys are scheduled to present opening arguments in USA v. Adan et al. this morning.

Originally, 30 defendants were indicted, but over the past several months, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Haynes severed defendants and charges into separate trials. Two defendants aren't in custody.

Tuesday is just the beginning of what is likely to be a months-long trial, according to court documents. In January, The City Paper reported on the challenges surrounding the large court case.

The 30 defendants were originally indicted in November 2010. Currently facing trial are: Adifatah Adan, Ahmad Ahmad, Musse Ali, Hassan Dahir, Faduma Farah, Idris Fahra, Abdullah Hashi, Fatah Hashi, Abdirahman Hersi, Dahir Ibrahim, Abdifatah Jama, Andrew Kayachith, Fuad Nur, Yasin Yusuf, and Mohamed Amalle.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Moonglow1 on 3/21/12 at 6:43

Moonglow1: How much money did we provide to these immigrants when they settled here. In this particular case, I suggest deportation. How are their legal fees being paid?

By: yucchhii on 3/22/12 at 8:20

yucchhii George Carlin, the comedien put it this way: "All jokes aside, if you come here from another country and you say that you "LOVE" this country that much, then you need to go in the military and go fight in the wars (Whether they are justified or not) and run the chance of getting "KILLED" like the AMERICANS have to do!! If you don't, then GET LOST!!!"

By: yucchhii on 3/22/12 at 8:23

yucchhii Also, If I went to YOUR country and did what I dam well please and NOT be a LEGAL citizen like many of you do HERE in the USA, what would happen? I'll bet I know the answer...!!!