Two Men Plead Guilty to Human Trafficking, Witness Intimidation, and Kidnapping
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 14, 2018
SFDA CONTACT: Alex Bastian (415) 553-1931 | Max Szabo (415) 553-9089
TWO MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING, WITNESS INTIMIDATION & KIDNAPPING
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Earl Prince, age 32 of Oakland, pleaded guilty to human trafficking and witness intimidation and will be sentenced to 20 years in state prison. Additionally, Anthony Taylor, age 24 of San Francisco, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and will be sentenced to 8 years in state prison.
“Our humanity is not for sale,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and it will be met with consequences. I want to commend the victims for their bravery, for coming forward, and for ensuring these individuals were held accountable for their actions.”
According to court records, the victim was walking southbound on Mission Street with a friend after she left Beauty Bar in San Francisco’s Mission District when a gray vehicle approached and drove alongside her. The victim later identified the driver as Anthony Taylor and the passenger as Earl Prince. Both women tried to avoid contact with the people in the vehicle, and fled from the car in fear of their safety. The victim, however, was unable to get away from the car.
Defendant Taylor continued to pursue the victim from the vehicle, while Defendant Prince got out of the vehicle and began to walk alongside the victim on the sidewalk. As they walked alongside one another, Defendant Prince bumped the victim with his hip and told her, “pimp rules, you’re mine.”
As the victim attempted to flee again, but Defendant Taylor went ahead of her and cut her off on the sidewalk so she couldn’t escape, while Defendant Prince picked her up and put her in the back of the vehicle. As Defendant Prince physically picked her up, the victim moved her body in an attempt to escape and tried to call for help, but she was unsuccessful.
Once she was in the rear compartment of the gray vehicle she saw that there were two other females in the back seat as well, both of whom prevented her from leaving the car. Defendant Prince gained control of the victim’s cell phone as she attempted to make arrangements for her children with a family member in the event she didn’t make it home by morning. While the victim was speaking with a family member, Defendant Prince made a demand for $1,500 in exchange for the victim’s freedom. Defendant Prince told the victim that if the $1,500 was not paid, she would work that money off through prostitution in order to make the payment for her freedom.
Once the car finally stopped at a Motel 6 in Oakland, the victim and one of the females were given $100 and told to get out of the car and to rent a room for the night in the victim’s name. When the victim and one of the females got to the front desk they were told they needed more money for the room. The victim told the other female to go back to the car for more money, and while alone with the desk clerk she reported that she had been kidnapped and needed the desk clerk to call police after she and the rest of the car occupants went into the room.
Defendant Prince, one of the females in the vehicle, and the victim then went into the motel room. Defendant Taylor and the other female passenger remained in the car, but they left the parking lot of the motel as police arrived. Police entered the room to find the victim with Defendant Prince and one of the females.
This case was the result of an excellent investigation conducted by SFPD’s Special Victims Unit in conjunction with SFDA’s Crime Strategies Unit. Special thanks go to SFPD Sgt. Randy Ly, Victim Advocate Kim Rodriguez, and CSU Analyst Kim Sandoval. Assistant District Attorney Archie Wong prosecuted the case.