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Sioux Falls Man Charged with Sex Trafficking of an Adult by Force and Coercion

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

SIOUX FALLS - United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man for Sex Trafficking of an Adult by Force and Coercion.

Odarie Massiah, age 33, was indicted in August of 2023. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Veronica L. Duffy on August 4, 2023, and pleaded not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that between July 1, 2020, and August 8, 2022, Massiah knowingly and intentionally recruited an adult female into conducting commercial sex acts, and financially benefited from doing so.

The charge is merely an accusation and Massiah is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Sioux Falls Police Department and HSI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Massiah was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated August 8, 2023