The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa announced this week that Kachimbe Mukanzu, 35, of Iowa City, was sentenced to federal prison for Conspiracy to Engage in Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, and Coercion and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Mukanzu was sentenced on Oct. 26, 2022, to 22 years in prison.

According to the United States Attorney's Office:

Mukanzu recruited several young women and sexually exploited them by force, fraud, and coercion. Mukanzu helped post advertisements online and set up profiles for the victims advertising sex acts for money. Mukanzu gave the victims drugs and profited from their actions. On multiple occasions in 2018, Mukanzu trafficked the victims across state lines.

Mukanzu pleaded guilty to the charges on Feb. 4, 2022. The case was investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and FBI. The agencies were assisted by the Coralville Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and University of Iowa Department of Public Safety. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District.

How to spot human trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of youth under the age of 18 for commercial sex; the exploitation of adults for commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion; and the exploitation of any individual for compelled labor. Human trafficking does not require the transportation of individuals across state lines or that someone is physically restrained.

Signs that a person is being trafficking can include working excessively long hours, unexplained gifts, physical injury, substance abuse issues, running away from home, isolation from others, or having a person in their life controlling them or monitoring them closely. Victims particularly susceptible to being trafficked include those with criminal histories, a history of physical or sexual abuse, uncertain legal status, and dependency on controlled substances. 

Individuals who purchase sex from minors or from those who are otherwise exploited for commercial sex are also subject to prosecution for sex trafficking under federal law if they knew or were in reckless disregard of the fact that they were minors or that force, fraud, or coercion was used.

How to help

Anyone with information about human trafficking should report that information to the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Information on the Department of Justice's efforts to combat human trafficking can be found at www.justice.gov/humantrafficking.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2022

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