August 18, 2014

Judge Gives Sex Trafficker Long Prison Term

PHILADELPHIA—Rahim McIntyre, 35, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to 262 months in prison for three counts of sex trafficking. McIntyre, a/k/a “King Kobra,” ran a prostitution business in Philadelphia and other major cities between early 2006 and late 2012. McIntyre recruited unsuspecting girls ages 18 and younger and then psychologically manipulated them to comply with his demands through physical violence. He obtained numerous photographs of each victim in lingerie and then caused Internet advertisements to be created in which he advertised them as available for purchase for purposes of prostitution. A federal jury found McIntyre guilty, on April 21, 2014, of using force and coercion to cause the women to engage in prostitution.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Harvey R. Bartle ordered restitution of $5,200 per victim, a $300 special assessment, and eight years of supervised release.

McIntyre’s brother, Rashaad McIntyre, was charged in December 2012 with sex trafficking of minors and production of child pornography. He pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

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 was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Morgan.