Convicted man apprehended by Elk Grove Police receives lengthy sentence for trafficking of minors

A man who was convicted of trafficking minor victims who was arrested by Elk Grove Police was sentenced last week in Sacramento Superior Court.

Judge Curtis Fiorini sentenced Robert Michael Taylor, 43, to 95 years to life in prison for his July 30,  conviction of human trafficking of a minor with the special findings of force, fear or violence and the allegation of force and violence was found true. Taylor was also convicted of pimping of a minor, pandering of a minor, conspiracy, sodomy of a 14-year-old victim, statutory rape of a minor and committing lewd acts on a child. 

Taylor was arrested by Elk Grove Police on the 9400 block of Harbour Point Drive on the city's west side just before 6 p.m on April 5, 2017. 
Robert Michael Taylor. | 

Evidence introduced during the jury trial showed that starting in January 2017, the 14-year-old victim ran away from her in Seattle and was in a known prostitution area making money to survive on the streets. She met a 17-year-old, who recruited the victim to work for Taylor.  

When the two girls arrived in Sacramento on a bus, Taylor took them to his apartment and told the victim she could live with him if she gave him all her money from her acts of prostitution. Taylor drove the underaged girls and two other women to prostitution areas in an ice cream truck to do acts of prostitution. 

In April 2017, the 14-year-old victim called 911 to report that her pimp had “put his hands on her.” The Elk Grove Police Department’s investigation revealed that Taylor began working as a pimp in 2012 after he was released from prison. 

From 2012 to his arrest on April 5, 2017, he had at least 10 women and underaged girls that worked for him and lived with him. The women and girls gave him all of their money from their acts of prostitution, so they could have a place to live.

An allegation that Taylor suffered a prior 1995 strike conviction for first-degree burglary was determined to be true at the sentencing hearing. 
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