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Camden County man charged in sex trafficking case

A federal grand jury in Kansas City has charged a Camden County man with the forced sex-trafficking of two women.

Tammy Dickinson, the U.S. Attorney for Missouri’s Western District, identified the man as Joshua Kain Smith, 35.

The grand jury indictment named Smith in five counts, Dickinson said, in a news release, including one count of sex trafficking and one count of attempted sex trafficking.

The indictment charges Smith with using force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to cause one of the women (identified as “FV 1,” or Female Victim 1) to engage in prostitution — and that Smith benefited financially from that situation.

The indictment said victim 1’s situation occurred between Nov. 15, 2011, and March 15, 2012.

Grand jurors also indicted Smith with the same crime involving Female Victim 2, between Dec. 1, 2010, and Nov. 15, 2011.

The federal grand jury also charged Smith with one count of transporting victim 1 across state lines for prostitution.

He also faces two counts of transmitting a threat, for threatening to kill victim 2 on Nov. 8, 2011, and threatening to kill victim 1’s mother and brother on Dec. 20, 2011.

Dickinson said the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes, and was investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Rescue Project.

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