Fourth Battle Creek Man Sentenced For Trafficking Teens For Sex
MLive says that 28-year-old James Smith was in US District Court in Grand Rapids Thursday, and sentenced to 20 years in prison for a charge of sex trafficking of a minor. Prosecutors say that Smith, along with three other co-defendants, forced two 14-year-old runaways into prostitution, gave them drugs and threatened them with violence.
The two girls were able to eventually escape and get help.
Earlier this year, 24-year-old William Edwards and 25-year-old Dakota Walters were also sentenced to 20 years in prison, while 22-year-old Michael Noble was sentenced to 4 years.