December 07, 2017

Philly man who led sex trafficking scheme gets 100 years in prison

Courts Crime
11042015_jail_cell_generic_iStock Source/iStock

.

A Philadelphia man who prosecutors say ran a West Philadelphia brothel and violently forced young women into prostitution was sentenced on Wednesday to 100 years in federal prison.

Kevino Graham, 36, was convicted on two counts of sex trafficking and one count of attempted sex trafficking in February 2016. Co-defendant Raffael Robinson was found guilty on one count of sex trafficking and awaits sentencing.

Between 2010 and 2013, Graham, Robinson and two other co-defendants ran a strip club called "Club Passions" and a brothel known as "Passionate Touch" at a property in West Philly's Cathedral Park section, authorities said. The quartet used force, threats, fraud and coercion to make women perform sexual acts for money and subjected them to "repeated acts of sadistic sexual torture," prosecutors said.

A Twitter account advertising a West Philadelphia club called Passionate Touch remained active as of Thursday afternoon. The account has not tweeted since 2012.

Co-defendants Brian Wright and Renato Teixeira pleaded guilty in the case and were sentenced last year.

The FBI investigated the case with help from the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims' Unit and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.