Owner of illegal massage parlor found guilty of sex trafficking

Omar Taylor in 2013. Photo: Hennepin County
Omar Taylor in 2013.

February 06, 2019 01:29 PM

A man has been convicted for his involvement in sex trafficking two victims Wednesday. 

Omar Kashaka Taylor, 44, from Minneapolis, was found guilty of one count of sex trafficking a minor, two counts of sex trafficking by force and one count of commission of a felony offense involving a minor when required to register as a sex offender, according to a release sent out by the United States Attorney's Office. 

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Taylor was found guilty of all counts after a week-long jury trial. 


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According to the release, from August 2017 through March 2018, Taylor, a registered sex offender, operated an illegal massage business out of his Minneapolis residence. He recruited several young women and girls to work in his illicit massage business and made them perform commercial sex acts in exchange for money for his own financial benefit. 

Taylor used backpage.com to solicit prospective clients by posting advertisements with photos of the victims, offering massage services that would include sex acts. 

The attorney's office says this is the result of an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force and the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. 

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