Jan 26, 2016
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A conversation with a young woman on 23rd Street near Clinton Avenue in Richmond led police to the arrest of an alleged pimp at a local motel, police said Tuesday.

Troy Brewer, 30, of Richmond, was arrested while in possession of a firearm and booked on human trafficking charges in connection with the motel bust, which occurred Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m., Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The incident unfolded about 9:45 p.m. the previous day, when a foot and bicycle unit officer approached the woman on 23rd as he believed she was loitering for the purpose of prostitution. After a long conversation with her, he learned she had a long history of being sexually exploited, Tan said.

RPD’s Domestic & Sexual Violence Unit (DSVU) detectives responded to the scene and continued to work with her.

“After hours of hard work, DSVU Detective Fonseca obtained an arrest warrant for the pimp at a local motel,” Tan said.

Police swarmed the motel and arrested Brewer, who is being held on $1.4 million bail.

“The department is proud of the officers’ and detectives’ display of compassion, patience and tenacity that resulted in saving a young woman from human trafficking,” Tan said, who also noted it is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “Our detectives have been conducting operations and trying to save these girls from being trafficked. It takes a lot of time and patience to talk them into getting out of it.”

Please report any suspicious vehicles or persons to the Richmond Police Department. Call 911 in an emergency, or (510) 233-1214 in non-emergency events.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.