The Los Angeles prostitute known as “Pretty Hoe” will spend the next decade-and-a-half of her life in federal prison after she admitted to using social media to force young women (some of them minors) into prostitution, authorities said.
23-year-old Melanie Denae Williams, who also called herself the “most hated hoe in LA,” pleaded guilty to a single count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion back in November.
A federal judge gave “Pretty Hoe” the minimum sentence of 15 years. Had she not pleaded guilty, she would have faced life in prison, if convicted.
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According to the U.S. attorney’s office, as part of her plea deal, Williams was also ordered to pay restitution to her victims. A press release described in detail the abuse she doled out to at least one victim.
“Williams ordered the victim to strip off her clothes, then Williams threw bleach on her and used a broomstick to beat her,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in the release, adding that she “continually threatened to kill the victim if she left.”
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Williams also forced the unidentified woman to tattoo her name on her face before confiscating the woman’s belongings and identifying documents.
Williams admitted in her plea agreement to using the internet to recruit two minors for “commercial sex acts” before keeping the proceeds for herself, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
“Williams also posted social media videos of her physically beating and using firearms to threaten young women,” the affidavit stated.