Willie Travis Griggs, 34, of the 800 block of Whitney in Frayser, allegedly held a 22-year-old woman captive in his home after she spent the night there last June.
She said he forcibly tattooed his nickname “Veno” on her neck and chest to identify her as his property.
The woman said Griggs forced her to work as a prostitute for several days along Whitney and also around Lamar and Shelby Drive. Griggs then took the money she was paid by customers.
The woman escaped from Griggs’ home on June 6 and contacted police.
During an investigation, police located another woman who said Griggs had forced her to work as a prostitute for seven months, with customers being solicited along Lamar and also through social media sites on which Griggs advertised her services.
She said Griggs had tattooed his nickname “Veno” on her leg to identify her as his property and took whatever money she made.
Griggs also has used the name Willie Travis Brown.