LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — Lexington County deputies have charged a man with trafficking women.
Gino Smith, 43, recruited and enticed women to perform sexual acts for money, and has been charged with trafficking in persons, according to an arrest warrant.
“Based on interviews detectives conducted during this case, Smith used force and fraud to make the victim engage in commercial sexual activity,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “He promised her shelter and money but ended up forcing her by threats of physical harm to provide sexual services to other men for money, which he profited from.”
Smith trafficked the victim at three locations in Lexington County last month, according to Koon.
LCSD responded to a trespassing call at a hotel off of Saint Andrews Road last month and a deputy spoke with the victim who was being held against her will, deputies said.
"As the deputy talked to the victim, it became obvious Smith was controlling her and forcing her to do these things against her will," Koon said. "SLED worked with us to transport her to the hospital for medical treatment.”
Smith was arrested a short time later and is currently being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.