Woman Livestreams Her Supervisor Asking for Sexual Favors
Police in Honolulu have arrested a city worker who was recorded propositioning a transgender probationer for sex.
Makana Milho, 21, is a transgender woman who was in the process of completing six days of community service on account of a theft charge. During that time, Milho was allegedly assaulted by the city worker who was supervising her community service. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Harold Villanueva Jr., 47, pinched Milho's buttocks and said he would send her home early in exchange for sex acts. Villanueva also bragged about preying upon other community workers for sex.
Milho recalled that Philando Castile’s girlfriend had recorded his shooting by a police officer. “I do watch the news,” said Milho, “I saw one lady who Facebook-lived her boyfriend’s death. I just did it.”
Milho uploaded the video to Facebook and received nearly 200,000 views, before taking it down after she received a flurry of hateful backlash. Before taking it down, she tagged the police department. The video led to an investigation of Villanueva and he was arrested on sexual assault charges.
Milho's lawyer, Myles Breiner, told the Daily Beast she was sexually assaulted as a child and ended up in foster care because of the abuse:
Eventually she aged out [of foster care], then realized her true identity as a transgender individual. The foster parents she was living with… told her if she didn’t come up with rent money to continue living in their home, they’d kick her out.
Breiner says Milho's foster parents pressured her into stealing the handbag that led to her being put under Villanueva's supervision: "She is a victim not only of the probation system, but the guy that assaulted her… He’s admitted doing this to other [trans women.] Without the ability to capture this, it would have been 'he said, she said'."