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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Friday, February 1, 2019

Elk Grove Man Sentenced to over 12 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Child

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Abdul Basier Hashimi, 26, of Elk Grove, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 12 years and seven months in prison for sex trafficking of a child, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

On August 31, 2018, Hashimi pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child. According to statements made during the hearing, Hashimi met the 13-year-old victim in August 2014 on social media and began communicating with her. After she turned 14, Hashimi caused her to work as a prostitute in Sacramento, Oakland, and elsewhere in Northern California. Hashimi managed the victim’s activities by, among other things, creating an internet advertisement, renting a motel room, and driving her to areas with prostitution activity where he caused her to work as a prostitute. The victim gave Hashimi the money she earned.

“Child sex traffickers often prey upon our community’s most vulnerable minors — runaways, foster kids, children who face difficult circumstances — promising the young victims that they will receive care and support. In actuality, traffickers treat their victims as commodities to acquire and sell, generating profit from exploiting them and leveraging their youth as a selling point,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “The FBI, the Sacramento Police Department, and our partners on the Child Exploitation Task Force continue to work tirelessly to identify and disrupt predators like Hashimi to protect the children in our communities. We are also all committed to ensuring the children recovered from exploitation receive the services to move forward with their lives.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Fogerty prosecuted the case.

Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
2:17-cr-086 GEB
Updated February 1, 2019