If FBI agents are right, 38-year-old Roshaun Nakia Porter of Long Beach falsely advertised himself on various Southern California dating websites as an ultra-wealthy, mansion-living businessman anxious to find sincere love.
But for Porter (a.k.a "Kevin")--who didn't really own a home or car and used other peoples' credit cards to keep off the grid while living at a Motel 6--love wasn't his real motive.
The violent pimp--get a load of this--learned his illicit craft from watching instructional videos on YouTube, according to an FBI report that also claims its investigatory target met women and then employed various tactics to force at least 20 of them into prostitution.
Porter has been locked inside the Santa Ana Jail since last April and faces federal charges involving forced labor, conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force.
This month, government agents also arrested Porter's alleged sex crime accomplice: Marquis Monte Horn, who pleaded not guilty.
However, according to the FBI, Horn--who was born in 1978--recruited "young females" on websites like www.modelmayhem.com or Craigslist by claiming they could earn $500 a day performing upscale escort services.
To help convince the women to engage in sex for money operations run out of various Orange County hotels, Porter and Horn (a.k.a "Taylor") developed romantic relationships with the victims while making false promises--such as claims to help them gain American citizenship or take care of them financially, according to court records.
If the carrot angle didn't work with the women the defendants threatened physical harm or to send sexually explicit videos and photographs to their families, according to FBI reports that indicate the women could charge men as much as $500 for a dinner date or $200-$300 for an hour of sex.
When one of the women tried to escape, Porter--who was known to whip and slug his employees when angry--sent her a text message claiming he would "kill her family if she ever left again," according to court records.
To better appreciate Porter's intellect, consider a voicemail message the FBI says it obtained from a prostitute: "'I'm tough on you because you need it . . . I dare you to fuck with me . . . You think I give a fuck about that? I'm such a real nigger. You listen to me. I'm a real nigger. I fuck with real niggers. I know everything about you. I know where your mama's staying . . . You try me. Try me . . . My boys know who you are; they know what you look like."
In another message, federal agents claim Porter told another one of his prostitutes that she was expected to earn him at least $1,000 a day and on that particular day she'd only handed him $680. "That means you owe me $340," he allegedly said. "My time is money."
Porter allegedly told yet another one of his prostitutes, "It's a billion people on this planet, but there is one nigger I don't want you to talk crazy to and that's me."
U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Staton Tucker has scheduled a May trial inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.
Both men are legally represented by taxpayer-funded defense lawyers.
The FBI worked on an undercover sting operation in the case with the assistance of the Santa Ana Police Department.
Last May, authorities arrested another alleged pimp, Eric Lamar Wells and his girlfriend, for selling underage girls for sex near Disneyland.