Sioux Falls man convicted of forcing woman to engage in prostitution

March 16, 2024

SIOUX FALLS – United States Attorney Alison J. Ramsdell announced that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier has convicted 34 year-old Odarie Massiah, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of Sex Trafficking of an Adult by Force or Coercion following a three-day court trial in federal district court in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on March 14, 2024.

The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a possible maximum penalty of life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, up to life of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Massiah was indicted by a federal grand jury in August of 2023.

Between July 1, 2020, and September 24, 2022, Massiah recruited and forced an adult woman to engage in prostitution. Massiah used physical and emotional abuse to force his victim to comply. Massiah then required the woman to give him the money received from the forced prostitution.

Massiah fled the state with his victim after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Minnehaha County for physically assaulting his victim by strangulation on two separate occasions. Massiah was apprehended in Tennessee with his victim in August of 2022.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date has been set for June 17, 2024. The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.