A Marion Superior Court jury convicted an Indianapolis man Tuesday on human-trafficking charges.
Chris Smiley, 28, was accused of holding a then-19-year-old woman against her will in a small Eastside motel room for weeks in early 2010 over the crack cocaine debt owed by the boyfriend of the woman's mother.
She was forced into prostitution and was made to work in a Westside strip club.
After a two-day trial, the jury convicted Smiley of human trafficking, promoting prostitution, battery, intimidation and strangulation. Sentencing was set for Feb. 2.
The conviction was the first in Marion County since the human-trafficking law took effect in 2007. That charge carries six to 20 years in prison, and Smiley could face additional time on the other counts.
In a news release issued by the prosecutor's office, Deputy Prosecutor Mary Hutchison commended the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's vice unit for pursuing Smiley.
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