Columbia man behind bars for prostitution and sex trafficking

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A Columbia man is behind bars and facing prostitution charges after an online investigation.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department Cyber Crimes Task Force said 32-year-old Kenyata D. Miles was arrested for suspicion of promoting prostitution, trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and third-degree domestic assault.

Investigators said they received a tip about a prostitution advertisement on an online classifieds website in mid-April. The posting used photographs of a juvenile female.

Law enforcement officials said Miles allegedly transported women to and obtained motel rooms in Columbia and other Mid-Missouri cities for prostitution activity.

Investigators believe he also forced an adult female to engage in prostitution by violence and in one instance, allegedly pointed a handgun at a woman.

During a search of Miles' car on Tuesday, officers found a handgun. Miles is a convicted felon and should not have been in possession of a weapon.

Miles is being held on a  $5,500 bail in the Boone County Jail. His bond for prostitution and sexual exploitation has not been set yet.

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