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Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking a Minor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Zargham Bukhari, 22, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to sex trafficking of children, Acting 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 is 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 and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele Beckwith.

Bukhari is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on February 10, 2017. Bukhari faces a maximum statutory penalty of life years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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