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Sacramento Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zargham Bukhari, 22, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, between February and April of 2014, Bukhari transported a 14-year-old victim to various motels and other locations in and around Sacramento to have sex with men for money. Bukhari would then take the money from the victim. Bukhari also gave the victim methamphetamine while he trafficked her.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, a multijurisdictional task force composed of representatives from the FBI and the Sacramento Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Beckwith is prosecuted case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Click on the “resources” tab for information about internet safety education.

Updated May 19, 2017

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 2:15-cr-012 GEB