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Philadelphia Man Charged With Sex Trafficking A Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

            PHILADELPHIA – An indictment was unsealed today charging Rahim McIntyre, 36, of Philadelphia, PA, with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor and by force, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  McIntyre was arrested today.

            According to the indictment, 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. 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.

            If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory of 15 years, a $750,000 fine, five years supervised release and a $300 special assessment. 

            McIntyre’s brother, Rashaad McIntyre, was charged in December 2012 with sex trafficking of minors and production of child pornography.

            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.  The defendant’s arrest is part of the FBI’s Operation Cross Country, a nationwide effort during July 2013 to apprehend sex traffickers and identify and rescue victims of human trafficking.

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An Indictment or Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014