Federal prosecutors accuse a 24-year-old man of being a violent pimp who forced young girls and women into prostitution in New York City and Long Island.

The suspect was arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y., on sex-trafficking charges that carry a possible life sentence on conviction.

Prosecutors allege that he advertised the services of women between the ages of 15 and 20 on Craigslist.

Court papers state that the women arranged meetings with clients at hotels in Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island. The girls were paid about $200 for an hour of sex, cash that was then given to the suspected pimp.

FBI agent Evan Nicholas said in court papers that the suspect slept with his prostitutes and threatened them with violence.

The suspect was ordered held without bail pending a hearing Monday.