A Camden County man will serve 20 years in prison for the forced sex trafficking of two women.
According to U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, 36-year-old Joshua K. Smith pleaded guilty to using force, threats of force, fraud and coercion to cause one woman to engage in prostitution from which he benefitted financially and solicit another woman to do so.
Dickinson said that force included physical abuse, threats on the victims' lives, and wrapping a belt around one of the victims' necks until she passed out on more than one occasion.
In both instances, Smith began by dating the victims, with both relationships turning into scenarios in which one of the victims was forced to have sex with men for money, which Smith took, and the other was threatened and abused by Smith, who solicited the woman to open an escort service, which she refused to do.
Smith threatened one victim with a knife, and threatened to kill both victims' families if they didn't assist him. One victim was able to escape from him with the aid of one Smith's family members; the other obtained an order of protection against him, which he repeatedly violated.
A sentencing hearing will follow a presentence investigation, but Smith has agreed to serve 20 years without parole and pay restitution.