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Richmond Woman Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Pimping

A woman convicted of pimping two women was sentenced Thursday to three years in a state prison, according to Richmond police.

Police intercepted the victims of Nicole Hernandez, 33, while they were loitering for prostitution March 21 in the 23rd Street Corridor. According to police, Hernandez had rented them a room at the nearby Civic Center Motel.

Forensic analysis of the victims' cellphones revealed that the two were working as prostitutes for Hernandez, one even referring to her as "boss lady."

Hernandez also used social media to promote her pimp persona with images of scantily clad women, guns, money and marijuana. In April, after a county magistrate issued a warrant for her arrest for pimping and pandering, Hernandez live-streamed more than 30 minutes of pornographic material of one of the victims in the back of a vehicle.

Human trafficking unit supervisor Dana Filkowski prosecuted the case for the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.

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