Troopers are looking for a man they suspect helped rent hotel rooms to exploit underage girls through sex trafficking in Pierce County.
Mikael Z. Williams, 18, is charged in Pierce County Superior Court with two counts of promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor. There is a bench warrant for his arrest.
Investigators think Williams helped his older brother and another man traffic underage girls for sex in Pierce, King, Thurston and Snohomish counties, the Washington State Patrol said.
Williams knew about the trafficking, rented some of the rooms, and expected payment for his help, troopers said.
Curtis Escalante, 23, pleaded not guilty in December and awaits trial for two counts of first-degree human trafficking, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree child molestation and second-degree promoting prostitution.
Williams’ brother, Michael Williams II, 22, pleaded not guilty in January and awaits trial for two counts of first-degree human trafficking, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree promoting prostitution, and intimidating a witness. He and Escalante are both in jail pending bail of $2 million each.
Authorities started investigating when a mother found her 15-year-old daughter, who had been missing, posted in a sex ad on backpage.com, according to charging papers.
Anyone with information about Mikael Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call 911.