Photo: Andrew Winters and Zanae Jones
RICHMOND — Sometimes incarceration is no deterrent. One repeat offender adapted his illicit business model while behind bars. Police say he’s a pimp who relied on outside help to continue human trafficking.
It was like business as usual for a pimp inside a jail cell. Only now the pimp was working closely with someone he trusted outside of jail. Police said the pimp’s helper was in charge of making appointments for johns to meet with prostitutes.
An ongoing investigation of human trafficking crimes in Richmond recently led Contra Costa County authorities to issue two arrest warrants. One was to 35-year-old Andrew Winters, again. The second was to arrest his alleged accomplice 22-year-old Zanae Jones.
Winters and Jones each face human trafficking charges. The victims include the same 17-year-old girl who four months ago helped authorities send Winters to jail for human trafficking.
Winters was arrested inside a motel room on San Pablo Avenue, where the 17-year-old girl led them during a police operation combating human trafficking earlier this year.
Consequently, Jones recently joined Winters at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. As it stands, Jones’ bail is $275,000 and Winter’s bail is $375,000.
Winters’ most recent problems date back to February with a human trafficking arrest. In fact, Winters has a history of human trafficking and was already on parole from a prior pimping conviction.