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Sioux Falls man convicted in sex trafficking case

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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man has been convicted on federal sex trafficking charges involving homeless teen girls.

A jury late Thursday found 45-year-old Mohammed Alaboudi guilty on four counts, including one charge of sex trafficking of a child. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Federal authorities say the victims were two underage girls and two women. Alaboudi would offer drugs and alcohol to the victims to break down their inhibitions and create dependency on him.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Alaboudi ran a "house of horrors" that preyed on vulnerable young women. He says the sex trafficking industry in Sioux Falls has operated in the shadows for many years and authorities are trying to eliminate it.

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