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Two Boston men accused of kidnapping, human trafficking

Two men were indicted Thursday for allegedly kidnapping a woman and forcing her to engage in prostitution in multiple Massachusetts communities. One of the men also raped her, the attorney general’s office said.

Marquis Campbell, 22, of Hyde Park and Steven Diaz, 32, of Boston were arrested May 16 when they were stopped in their vehicle by a state trooper and a woman in the back seat asked for help, the statement said.

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A State Police investigation found that Campbell and Diaz were involved in human trafficking, according to the statement. Campbell is also accused of raping the victim, the statement said.

“We allege that these defendants kidnapped a woman, transported her to multiple hotels and outcalls, coerced her to engage in commercial sex, and kept all of the profits from these encounters,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in the statement.

Campbell and Diaz allegedly took photos of the victim and posted them on websites known to advertise prostitution, the statement said.

The men are accused of coercing the victim to engage in commercial sex in multiple Massachusetts communities, including Saugus and Danvers, over a three-day period, the statement said.

Both defendants have been held without bail since a dangerousness hearing May 23.

Campbell and Diaz were indicted by a statewide grand jury on charges of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, kidnapping, and deriving support from prostitution. Campbell was additionally charged with two counts of rape.

The men are to be arraigned in Essex Superior Court at a later date.

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