“Thank you to the agents and officers who conduct sex trafficking investigations, work to rescue the victims of this terrible crime, and arrest those who commit this crime and profit from it. This case is an example of what can be done when local, state and federal law enforcement agencies work together.” – CSLEA President Alan Barcelona
SACRAMENTO— On March 8, 2022, after a seven–day trial, a federal jury found Robert Pierre Duncan, 26, of Sacramento, guilty of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a child, sex trafficking of a child, and escape from custody.
According to evidence presented at trial, between September and October 2018, Duncan recruited a 17-year-old girl to engage in prostitution in Oakland and San Francisco. He frequently drove the victim to areas known for prostitution activity where he caused her to have sex with strangers for money, which he kept. Duncan also posted online prostitution ads depicting the victim and harbored the victim at an Oakland motel so she could have sex with sex buyers. In late September 2018, Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the victim. A few weeks later, Duncan, working with his co-conspirator, Eva Christian, 25, extracted the victim from a children’s group home in the middle of the night. The next day, Duncan put the victim back to work engaging in prostitution on the streets of Oakland. After obtaining the victim from the group home, Duncan managed his pimping operation from his Sacramento apartment, using his cellphone and a location tracking application on his phone to monitor and direct the victim’s prostitution activity in Oakland.
On May 31, 2019, Duncan was arrested by FBI agents in Sacramento. Shortly after his arrest, Duncan broke out of custody and fled through Midtown Sacramento until he was apprehended several blocks away from the scene of his initial arrest.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the California Department of Justice’s Special Operations Unit, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the Woodland Police Department, and the Oakland Police Department with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Duncan is scheduled to be sentenced on June 6, 2022. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. His conviction on the sex trafficking of a child count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.