Omaha Man Convicted of Attempted Sex Trafficking of a Minor
United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that a jury in United States District Court for the District of Nebraska found Hammaduzzaman Syed, of Omaha, Nebraska, guilty of attempted sex trafficking of a minor following a day and a half jury trial. Syed faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment up to life imprisonment. Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. ordered a Pre-Sentence Investigation and set Syed’s sentencing hearing for July 1, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.
In November 2020, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted an advertisement on Skip the Games, a website known to be commonly used for prostitution. On November 17, 2020, Syed responded to the phone number on the advertisement by text message and began communicating with an undercover deputy who informed Syed that they were a 15-year-old female. Syed then arranged to meet who he believed to be a 15-year-old female for a half hour of sex for $100. Syed then traveled to the agreed upon location with condoms and the agreed upon $100 as pursuant to their text message conversation.
This case was investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as part of the FBI’s Child Enticement and Human Trafficking Task Force.