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Boston Man Charged with Sex Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Boston man was charged Wednesday in federal court in Boston with sex trafficking. 

Corey Smith, 35, was indicted on one count of transportation of a minor for purposes of prostitution, one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, and two counts of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution. 

According to the indictment, between January 2015 and March 2015, Smith transported a minor girl between Massachusetts, Georgia, and Connecticut, with the intent that she would engage in prostitution.  Between November 2014 to June 2015, Smith transported another woman between Massachusetts, Georgia, and Connecticut with the intent that she would engage in prostitution, and used force and threats to coerce her to do so.  Smith transported a third woman between Massachusetts and Connecticut with the intent that she would engage in prostitution between January and February 2015. 

The charge of sex trafficking provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to  a lifetime in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.  The charge of transportation of a minor for purposes of prostitution provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to a lifetime in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of transportation for purposes of prostitution provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Matthew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Miranda Hooker of Weinreb’s Civil Rights Enforcement Team is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated May 26, 2017

Topic
Human Trafficking