Human trafficking charges have been filed against a California man who allegedly used drugs and violence to coerce Kansas City-area women into prostitution.
Ronald Ean Taylor is charged in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Monday with six counts of sex trafficking of an adult by force, fraud or coercion and four counts of transporting a person across state lines for prostitution.
Also named in the indictment is 33-year-old Kimberly Anne Sanford, who allegedly worked as a prostitute but also assisted Taylor. She faces the same 10 charges as Taylor.
Taylor and Sanford worked together for about 12 years, according to a motion filed by prosecutors seeking to have her held without bond.