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South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Commercial Sex Trafficking By Force

August 30, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida - Ruel Alexander Brown, a/k/a "King David," (36, Columbia, South Carolina) today pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by means of force, threats of force, fraud and coercion. Brown faces a minimum penalty of 15 years, up to life in federal prison.

"Forced sexual slavery such as that exhibited in this case is one of the cruelest human rights violations imaginable," said Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Steinbach, FBI-Jacksonville. "The FBI is committed to pursuing and prosecuting these offenders wherever they operate."

According to the plea agreement, since at least October 2002, Brown has engaged in commercial sex trafficking (commonly known as “pimping”) throughout the United States. In an autobiography of his exploits titled “The Game” (a name synonymous with prostitution), Brown described himself as a “super star pimp.” Brown was also known by the alias “King David,” and the women who worked for him referred to him either as “King David” or “K.D.” Since 2002, until the date of his arrest, the number of women working for Brown at any given time varied.

Brown transported the women who worked for him to various cities and states throughout the United States, including the Middle District of Florida. He and the women would stay in hotels or rented residential dwellings, and the women would engage in commercial sex acts to earn money for him. After recruiting the women to work for him, Brown would eventually resort to force and threats of force to cause the women to engage in commercial sex acts. The force used by Brown took many forms and ranged from slight to severe, with some episodes resulting in a need for professional medical attention for the women. While the women sometimes solicited clients from the roadways, Brown often advertised their services on the internet.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mac D. Heavener, III and Kelly S. Karase.









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