SACRAMENTO, CA - A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on Thursday, charging Shanntaye Ebony Hicks, 23, of Sacramento, with one count of sex trafficking of a minor, and two counts of transportation of a minor.
A Facebook picture shows Hicks snapping a picture of herself while flashing hundred dollar bills. It's a glimpse into the type of life Hicks was leading. But authorities caught up with her and busted her for allegedly pimping out a 16-year-old girl.
According to the indictment, between March 4, 2013, and March 23, 2013, Hicks used force, threats and fraud to make the teenage victim to engage in commercial sex acts.
Authorities said she forced her young victim to have sex for money at a Motel 6 on College Town Drive in Sacramento. Cops said it didn't stop there. They said she took the girl to Bakersfield, Oakland and even prostituted her across state lines in Reno and Las Vegas.
Officials said Hicks pimped out the victim by posting ads on sites like www.myredbook.com and www.backpage.com. Phone numbers tied to Hicks, according to officials, were listed in several ads. News10 also found numerous sexually explicit ads connected to what the feds said were Hicks' phone numbers.
The criminal complaint said Hicks controlled her victim with threats and force. When Hicks allegedly caught the victim on the phone trying to escape, the documents state "Hicks began yelling and ... stated she should kick the victim's a**." She also allegedly "pointed the handgun at the victim on several occasions."
Federal documents paint Hicks as brazen and brash, who wasn't very discreet about her line of work and openly talked about it over the phone and on text message.
Some of the text messages read, "I don't let my birch bust dates for less than 80." It's presumed she meant to use another b-word, like in this text where she appears to suggest finding another girl, "we need another solid b**** to rock."
In March, the victim was arrested in Oakland for prostitution. About 45 minutes later, police said Hicks was recorded on a jail phone call with a boyfriend saying, "police got the b**** and would probably take her to juvenile hall."
It's unknown if there were any other victims.
Hicks is scheduled to be arraigned on May 31, 2013 in Sacramento. If convicted, Hicks faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime period of supervised release.