Crime

Warrant issued for Spanaway man charged with trafficking teen girls for sex

A warrant has been issued for an 18-year-old Spanaway man charged with prostituting teenage girls.

Mikael Williams is charged with two counts of promoting commercial sex abuse of a minor.

His older brother, Michael Williams, and Curtis Escalante, 23, are charged with first-degree human trafficking, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree promoting prostitution and two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors filed charges against Mikael Williams this week after investigators determined he had rented a Tacoma motel room so one of the girls could have sex with a client.

They initially thought Michael Williams’ had used his brother’s identification to rent the room but later found Mikael Williams rented the room himself.

Police discovered the human trafficking ring in December after the mother of a 15-year-old girl directed them to the motel where her daughter had been held and prostituted.

Escalante was arrested Dec. 24. Michael Williams was taken into custody two weeks later.

Officers found two teen girls who allegedly were forced into prostitution. The girls were taken to Tacoma, Spanaway, Federal Way, Lacey and Burien to have sex for money.

One victim told investigators she used to date Mikael Williams.

She told police he “knew about the sex trafficking but that he wasn’t the person that was trafficking her,” according to charging papers.

Another victim told police the men called their sex trafficking business Macc Pacc and that Mikael Williams sometimes took over for his brother.

She said, “Williams was being trained how to conduct the sex business by Escalante and Michael Williams and that he was not intimidating like the other two men,” records show.

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