A San Francisco couple arrested earlier this month for allegedly trafficking four young women -- one a 17-year-old -- appeared in court this week but did not enter pleas before a judge, who instead continued the case.
Maria Carolina Jimenez and Sate Stallone Jones, both 25, are facing charges of human trafficking, pimping and pandering, according to police.
A third suspect was still at large.
Jimenez and Jones were being held in lieu of $350,000 bail, pending another court appearance March 12 to enter pleas and for a preliminary hearing, according to court papers.
Court records indicate that a clerk at La Quinta Inn, 20 Airport Blvd., in South San Francisco, reported to police on Feb. 16 that a man -- later identified as Jones -- had checked in two young women that night and two different young women the previous night.
A description of the suspect and his Mercedes vehicle were provided to police, who interviewed one woman and a girl still at the motel, court records state.
They told officers that they were picked up -- broke and homeless -- in Sacramento by Jones and another suspect and had been used as prostitutes at different motels.
According to court records, the suspects controlled the money earned by the victims, as well as their movements.
During a call to Jones arranged by police, one of the victims asked Jones to come to the motel, which he did, with Jimenez in tow, court papers state.
Investigators tracked down two other alleged victims, who told them a similar story about prostitution and control, papers state.