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columbia man indicted for sex trafficking two victims

March 20, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Columbia, Mo., man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to the sex trafficking of two victims, one of them a minor.

Kenyata D. Miles, 33, of Columbia, was charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

The federal indictment indictment charges Miles with one count of sex trafficking and one count of the attempted sex trafficking of a child. Miles allegedly used a victim (identified in the indictment as “K.M.”) knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact that force, threats of force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause “K.M.” to engage in prostitution. The indictment also alleges that Miles used a second, minor victim (identified in the indictment as “EN”) knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact that “EN” was a minor and would be caused to engage in prostitution.

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 Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the FBI, the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Osage Beach, Mo., Police Department in conjunction with the Human Trafficking Rescue Project.

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