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Illinois Man Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Carl Campbell, 37, of Chicago, Illinois was found guilty of five counts including sex trafficking by force and sex trafficking of children. The guilty verdicts followed a week-long federal jury trial in Sioux Falls.

A federal jury convicted Campbell after hearing evidence that he lured in adults and minors and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts in and around Sioux Falls. He assaulted one victim repeatedly over the course of about 8 months in which he forced her to perform commercial sex acts in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

“This defendant has been brought to justice for his role in the sexual enslavement of young women,” said Johnson. “The verdict sends a strong message, if you engage in the heinous act of sex trafficking in South Dakota we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

Campbell’s convictions include one count of Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion; one count of Interstate Transportation for Prostitution; one count of Obstruction of Sex Trafficking Enforcement, and two counts of Sex Trafficking of a Child. Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to a life maximum. The two convictions for Sex Trafficking of a Child each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to a life maximum. The remaining two counts involving interstate transportation and obstruction carry maximum prison terms of up to 20 years each.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux Falls Police Department, and the Franklin County (Illinois) Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kevin Koliner and Jeff Clapper. A presentence investigation was ordered, and sentencing has been set for April 29, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015