Sex Trafficker Sentenced; Skokie Police Helped Rescue Victim

After trafficking two women and a 16-year-old girl for sex, the man was sentenced. Skokie police rescued the teen in 2007 when she was involved in a fight.

A sex trafficker was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Wednesday, in a case which Skokie police helped to break in 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

The defendant, Erik Shamsud-din, 46, of Oregon, pleaded guilty in May to interstate prostitution. Federal authorities said in late 2006, he trafficked two adult women and a 16-year-old female runaway, forcing them to engage in prostitution in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. He then brought them to Illinois in 2007 with the intent of further prostituting them, according to court records. 

On Jan. 27, 2007, Skokie police responded to a fight between the minor and an adult victim.  The minor was rescued and Shamsud-din was arrested, which later resulted in the federal charges in Chicago, according to a DOJ statement.

Shamsud-din “was a predator who targeted vulnerable women, including a minor, sent them out to have sex with strangers, and took all the money they made for himself,” the government argued in seeking the 20-year sentence.

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The then-16-year-old minor, who is now 23, testified against Shamsud-din in court.

U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve sentenced Shamsud-din to 180 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.  He must serve at least 85 percent of his federal sentence before he is eligible for release. There is no parole in the federal prison system. 

Shamsud-din previously served a 112-month sentence after a 1991 conviction for rape and prostituting two teenage girls.       

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The investigation was conducted by the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after Shamsud-din was arrested in 2007 by the Skokie Police Department.  

The sentence was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the FBI.The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Schneider and Heather McShain.
Pam DeFiglio August 22, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Thanks, another resident, we were computing weeks, not months. I'll go fix that now.
David Zornig August 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM
To Patch Reader, it is the constant negativity that costs Patch it's readers. As much as it gains them. It's a double edged sword when the "if it bleeds it leads" style of news coverage is utilized on a daily basis. Yes it does attract some hits, just like stopping on Jerry Springer while channel surfing. However readers who are interested in the crime report, will certainly still find it if it's moved down the page a bit. To stick it at the top so that it appears in all subscriber's e-mails daily, is doing a disservice to the community Patch claims they want to be a part of. It is certainly intentional on the part of Patch, and they know we know it. But the greater good would be served if they at least made an attempt to first showcase anything else happening around town, other than crime. If enough of the advertisers complain, they will cease the practice. If they are still around that is. When I still had my store in Skokie, I considered advertising on Patch. Then I saw the way it operated, and feared my association with it in a business sense, was not what I wanted my customers to see either. As I write this, there is a St.Paul Church Rummage Sale link to the immediate right. Why not make that be what readers first see? Then they will leave their house with somewhere to go. Rather than live in Orwellian fear.
Mrs. H August 24, 2013 at 08:16 AM
David Zornig what is wrong with you? I suppose we should all continue to read mainstream news outlets so all local items are filtered. Classic, narrow minded thinking. In my neighborhood, I would WANT to here of these cases to better prevent and/or be aware of these types of creeps running around. Obviously you don't.
David Zornig August 24, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Mrs. H, with all due respect, you misinterpreted my comment. My point was that Patch consistently leads with crime even when it is not related to Skokie. Yesterdays lead story was about a shooting in Niles. It is a pattern of Patch to be sensationalistic. By pushing negative stories to the top consistently. Even those not related to Skokie. Of course I too want to be aware of the creeps running around, as well as any other crimes in the area. But I don't think crime should be the lead story about Skokie all the time. When there are many other positive stories to be told. This weekend is the yearly Backlot Bash, a major Skokie event. And today's headline is not about that, but about Pritzker's sex change. Again, not related to Skokie. But chosen by Patch as a headline over anything local. That's filtering. BTW, The Village website also has an excellent crime report section, so you can get all the info on the creeps and such there, even before Patch has it. And it will be from the original source, not filtered to be a headline. If you think it is classic, narrow mindedness to want positive or other news as well as the crime, you should look up the definition. Narrow mindedness would be if I didn't want any crime reported. Which I did not imply.
David Zornig August 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Also speaking of filtering, the above mentioned crime happened 6 years ago. 11 months before Patch was even founded. So one has to wonder, what was the motivation for the follow up and reporting on this particular case? When likely hundreds of other arrests and convictions have happened in Skokie since. The answer could be that Patch wanted to recognize the Skokie Police on a job well done after the fact. Since Patch wasn't around when the original arrest took place. But it could also be that it gave them an opportunity to have "Sex Trafficker", "Skokie Police" and "Victim" in a headline. Which reenforces the pattern of sensationalism I've mentioned above and in other threads. Not to take anything away from the victim. I'm just using the word as an example. The headline also could have read: "Skokie Police Help Convict Sex Trafficker", giving the police a similar nod. But then "Sex" would not have been the first word seen in the headline. I'm glad the loser got caught by the Skokie Police and put in prison too. I salute the Skokie Police as well. But doesn't it seem odd that such an old case is suddenly a lead story & headline news, just because of a successful conviction? Whose desk did this case cross, and how was it decided that this be followed up on? I don't even see the conviction mentioned in the Good News section of the Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin. Which has daily & weekly crime alerts that can be signed up to. (Thus avoiding those mainstream outlets that filter) And it would have appeared there if the Skokie Police were commended publicly by another agency for their part in the case. So some investigative reporting had to be done. Was this conviction handed down at the Skokie courthouse?


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