A South Los Angeles prostitute known as “Pretty Hoe” on social media faces federal prison time when she is sentenced Thursday for using the internet to try to enlist underage girls to work for her on the streets.
Melanie Williams faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison for her plea to a single count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She will also be required to pay restitution to her victims.
According to her plea agreement, Williams abused a woman she had recruited through social media to work as a prostitute. In one incident detailed in court documents, Williams ordered the victim to strip off her clothes, then Williams threw bleach on her and beat her with her hands and a broomstick.
The 23-year-old defendant also forced the victim to get “Melanie” tattooed on her face, confiscated the victim’s belongings and identity documents, and continually threatened to kill the victim if she tried to leave, according to an affidavit filed in Los Angeles federal court.
Williams also posted social media videos of her physically beating and using firearms to threaten young women, the affidavit states.
Williams also admitted in the plea agreement to using the internet to recruit two underage girls to engage in commercial sex acts. Williams would then retain the proceeds from the minors’ sex acts for her own benefit.
Williams — who has a large social media presence on Snapchat and Instagram — was sentenced two years ago to three months in jail for prostitution, according to the affidavit. She also refers to herself on social media as “the most hated hoe in LA.”
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