An Ohio woman, 37, has been arrested and is currently being held in an Akron jail on charges of allegedly prostituting her underage daughter, according to CNN.
The unnamed woman, who was arrested Friday, has been charged with both compelling and promoting prostitution. Both charges stemmed from incidents involving her daughter who was then 11 and 12 years old, said Akron Police Captain Dan Zampelli.
The woman allegedly drove her daughter to different apartment complexes in their neighborhood, forcing her young daughter to have sex with various men in exchange for money and drugs, Zampelli added.
The daughter was subject to compelled prostitution for at least a year if not more, most of which occurred in 2007, Zampelli said.
The girl, who has remained unnamed because she is a minor, said in an interview an interview that "[i]t would start from the afternoon and it would end at like 7 (a.m.)" the following day. Then, the she said that "[i]t would start again the afternoon the next day."
Zampelli said that the girl had finally had enough of her mother's abuse and decided to flee to Mexico in order to start a new life with a person that she thought would help her do just that. However, once she made it to Mexico she was unfortunately forced into prostitution there as well.
The girl, who is now 16 years old, is currently under the care of a foster parent.
Her mother is in Summit County Jail on $100,000 bond.
She has not yet, to Zampelli's knowledge, been appointed an attorney.
What a sad story this is for this young girl. Parents are responsible for making sure that their children grow up to be responsible law abiding citizens, but part of their duty is to allow their children to experience and enjoy the innocence of being a kid as well.
This girl's mother stripped an 11-year-old girl of her innocence way before she was ready. And, thus, she will deservedly have to pay the price for the crimes that she committed.
Hopefully the girl does not suffer long-term psychological effects as a result of her tragic upbringing.
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