LOS ANGELES — A southern California sex worker known who built an online following as “Pretty Hoe,” has been indicted on federal sex trafficking charges for soliciting underage girls to become prostitutes.
Melanie Denae Williams, 22, who calls herself “the most hated hoe in LA,” was hit with five counts of recruiting young girls online to sell sex for cash.
In one episode, prosecutors say Williams allegedly ordered an underage victim to strip off her clothes, and then threw bleach on her and beat her with her hands and a broomstick.
The victim told police Williams had forced her to sell sex but kept all the money. When the woman tried to leave, Williams threatened to kill her and her family, prosecutors said.
Williams also allegedly forced the woman to tattoo “Melanie” on her wrist and face to show she was her property, prosecutors said
A video recovered from Williams’ phone, showed a gun pointed at the alleged victim and a voice, believed to be Williams, asking her if she planned to leave.
Other videos on YouTube showed Williams beating unknown young women and also threatening them with a gun.
Williams has amassed a substantial online following through her twerking videos and tales of her run-ins with the law. On Snapchat she has 150,000 followers, plus 75,000 on Instagram.
One post on Snapchat, Williams wrote: “I’m not scared of jail so stop telling me anything about the MF police.”
On Instagram, under Williams’ handle was written: “Who 18+ & wanna make some legit money?”
If convicted, Williams would face a potential life sentence or a minimum of 10 years on any of the five counts against her, prosecutors said.