HERCULES -- A 24-year-old Hercules man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to pimping two underage girls, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Jamal Raphael Broussard admitted that beginning in the summer of 2010 and through May 2013, he recruited and transported two girls and caused them to engage in commercial sex acts, knowing that they were not yet 18 years old, according to U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag.

Broussard admitted the girls gave him the money they earned from their sex acts and that he acted as a pimp for them, giving the girls clothing and instructions and advertising their services on the Internet. Broussard also admitted to providing the girls with fake identification and sending them from California to almost every state across the country for the purpose of prostitution, Haag added.

Broussard is scheduled to be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 13. in San Jose.

The maximum penalty for transporting minors for prostitution is 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison plus a fine of $250,000.

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