A Camden County man was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday in relation to sex trafficking.
Tammy Dickinson, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced Joshua Kain Smith, 35, of Camden County, was charged in a five-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.
Tuesday indictment charges Smith with one count of sex trafficking and one count of attempted sex trafficking. The indictment alleges that Smith used force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to cause a female victim to engage in prostitution, from which he benefitted financially, between Nov. 15, 2011, and March 15, 2012. The indictment also alleges that Smith attempted to use force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to cause a second female victim to engage in prostitution, from which he benefitted financially, between Dec. 1, 2010, and Nov. 15, 2011.
Smith is also charged with one count of transporting the first victim across state lines for prostitution. Two additional counts allege Smith transmitted threats. Smith allegedly threatened to kill the second victim on Nov. 8, 2011, and to kill the mother and brother of the first victim on Dec. 20, 2011.
Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia L. Cordes. It was investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Rescue Project.