MINNEAPOLIS — The girl was 12 when the gangsters told her the rule: They would sell her for sex to men outside the gang, but members of the Somali Outlaws or the Somali Mafia would use her for free.
For more than two years she was taken on “missions” to abandoned garages, men’s bathrooms, apartments and hotels, enduring hours with multiple men so gang members could get money, pot or booze.
Though her mother confronted two of the men twice early on and warned them the girl wasn’t even 13, they continued to prostitute her.
Eventually some of the gang members took her on the road to new customers in Nashville, Tenn., while the man she called her “boyfriend” allegedly used a cell phone to send images of her engaging in sex acts with men in the car along the way.
The enterprise described in a federal indictment has shocked members of Minnesota’s Somali community, the largest in the U.S.
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