LOS ANGELES – A prostitute who made no secret about her work, dubbing himself “Pretty Hoe,” and the advertising on a large scale on social media, was charged Tuesday with the recruitment of minors to prostitutes.
Melanie Denae Williams was indicted in the U. S. District Court with trafficking minors for sex, and the use of force or fraud to compel an adult into prostitution. The indictment names Williams by her “Pretty Hoe” moniker that they used to be on an official website, which dubbed her “the most hated hoe in LA.”
Williams, 22, was arrested christmas Eve after the forcing of a woman she recruited for prostitution by means of social media to strip naked and threw bleach on her and beat her with a broomstick, according to a statement by FBI Agent Emily Tripp.
Deputy Federal Defender David Wasserman declined to comment on the case. Williams is being held in custody and faces arraignment Friday.
The victim, identified only by her initials, told the police that Williams had forced her to sell sex and took all the revenue, Tripp said. When the woman tried to part company, Williams threatened to kill her and her family.
Williams forced the woman tattoo “Melanie” on her wrist, and the face to see she was her property, Tripp said.
A video on Williams’ phone showed a gun at the alleged victim and a voice, presumably from Williams, asking her if she planned to leave.
Tripp said videos on YouTube showed Williams beating unknown young women and is threatening them with a gun. Her postings on social media were filled with expletives.
A post on Snapchat stated in capital letters: “I’m not afraid of prison, so stop telling me something about the MP police.”
An Instagram post under Williams’ handle said: “Who are 18+ & wanna make some legit money?”
The report shall be submitted to, the costs do not provide information about the minors, Williams allegedly drawn, although Tripp notes that she is part of a child exploitation task force.
Williams was sentenced last year to three months in prison for prostitution, Tripp said.
If convicted, Williams could face a minimum of 10 years and may be sentenced to life in prison, prosecutors said.