Yesterday, a federal jury in Philadelphia found Rahim McIntyre, 36, guilt of three counts of sex trafficking. According to the prosecution, the 36-year-old aspiring rapper, who goes by the street moniker "King Kobra," lured at least three troubled teenagers into prostitution and advertised their services on websites such as Craigslist and BackPage.com www.fbi.gov
The prosecutor argued that McIntyre, when he found the girls then he placed them under his control, he then kept them from leaving by taking all the money they earned "doing dates" for cash and beating them when they disobeyed his rules. He deployed them to teen hangouts like the Gallery and on the social networking site MySpace.com to recruit other young girls.
Because two of the women were 18 when they began working for him, McIntyre faced only one count of sex trafficking involving a minor, a more serious federal offense. One of these females, whom McIntyre recruited, was under the age of 18. The advertisements featured pictures of the females, either scantily clad or partially nude, a description of each female, and a phone number to call to arrange a meeting with a female employed by McIntyre as a prostitute. McIntyre’s brother, Rashaad McIntyre, was charged in December 2012 with sex trafficking of minors and production of child pornography.
McIntyre, a/k/a “King Kobra,” caused Internet advertisements to be created in which he advertised various females as available for purchase for purposes of prostitution. The advertisements featured pictures of the females, scantily clad; a description of each female; and a phone number to call to arrange a meeting with a female employed by McIntyre as a prostitute. www.fbi.gov
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 21, 2014. The defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory of 15 years, a $750,000 fine, five years up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $300 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Intelligence Center and the Philadelphia First Judicial Court Warrant Unit. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Morgan. www.fbi.gov