January trial set for Grand Island sex trafficking case
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A January trial is scheduled for a Grand Island man accused of drugging and beating women he sold for sex.
33-year-old Hassan Aden faces two counts of felony Labor/Sex trafficking. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday and a judge set trial for Jan. 4, 2021.
Aden and 31-year-old Mohamuud Gurre 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.
Gurre is also charged with felony Labor/Sex trafficking. His trial in Hall County District Court is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Court records indicate the crimes occurred between December 2018 and September 2019.
The max penalty for labor/human trafficking is 50 years in prison.
Local authorities believed 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 believe more victims exist.
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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