Yesterday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that a Philadelphia man to a sentence of 21 years and 10 months in prison for three counts of sex trafficking. Rahim McIntyre, 35, whose nickname is King Kobra, was described as a ‘pimp”. According to testimony, McIntyre recruited 3 unsuspecting girls and then forced them into a life of prostitution. The youngest of the 3 was only 16 when she met McIntyre in 2006. Court records show that McIntyre photographed the women in lingerie then set up internet service page showing that each was available for sexual services. A federal jury found McIntyre guilty, on April 21, 2014, by using force and coercion to cause the women to engage in prostitution.
Lawrence Bozzelli, the defense attorney for McIntyre informed the judge that, “"This is not a case where people were chained in a dungeon." The defense contended that 2 of the 3 women agreed to work as prostitutes for McIntyre. In testimony for the defense, McIntyre’s sister, Zarinah McIntyre that after their father was diagnosed with cancer McIntyre resorted to the prostitution ring as a way to make money for the family. She stated that “drastic times call for drastic measures” and that "the business Rahim was into was not the best choice to generate income."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Morgan read in court yesterday statements by all 3 of the women involved in the prostitution ring. In the statements, the women revealed that McIntyre beat them and that the time in prostitution left them with emotional problems which they are being treated. One of the 3 women testified during the trial the McIntyre once beat the bottom of her feet after taking a cab back to where they lived instead of walking after an appointment with a man. Morgan continued to say that the women were turned to prostitution with “the degree of psychological manipulation" McIntyre used against the women. She also stated that McIntyre chose “vulnerable victims" who were young and came from "difficult life circumstances."
U.S. District Court Judge Harvey R. Bartle, who sentenced McIntyre, told the convicted man that McIntyre "took advantage of young women who were extremely vulnerable" and "led them into a life that's just horrible to contemplate."
This case against McIntyre was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who had assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Intelligence Center, and the Philadelphia First Judicial Court Warrant Unit.