GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the Grand Island Police Department, with the assistance of the Hall County Sheriff’s, Homeland Security Investigations, and Investigators with the Nebraska State Attorney General’s Office, arrested two suspects in a sex trafficking case.
Mahamoud Gurre, a 31-year-old Grand Island man, was arrested on a Hall County warrant for one count of sex trafficking. Hassan Aden, a 33-year-old Grand Island man, was arrested on a Hall County Warrant for two counts of sex trafficking.
Formal charges had been filed against Aden in Hall County Court. he faces two counts of Human Trafficking. Court records indicate Aden is suspected of trafficking two victims, one between March and November of 2018 and the other between December 2018 and September 2019. If convicted, the max penalty for human trafficking is 50 years in prison.
Gurre is charged with felony for Human Trafficking. He is also suspected of trafficking one of the two victims between December 2018 and September 2019.
If convicted, the max penalty for felony Human Trafficking is 50 years in prison.
The Grand Island Police Department believes the case extends beyond city limits.
Captain Jim Deuring 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. However at this point we're not speculating as to the number of victims or all of the places that it may have occurred."
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 is on-going, said Captain Deuring. "We do believe that their 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 act in 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 for help.
Renae Swanson, Marketing and Resource Coordinator at the Crisis Center said, "Coming forward is a very hard thing to do. They need advocates like we have here at the Crisis Center to help them have a voice and to learn what they can do to stand on their own."
The Crisis Center provides shelter for victims to seek refuge. They also offer resources and programs to help survivors get back on their feet. If are a victim and need the Crisis Center's help, call their 24 hour hotline at (308) 381-0555.