Pasadena mom, male acquaintance accused of prostituting her 14-year-old daughter

The 34-year-old woman (left, in court) and the 47-year-old man (right) are both charged with one count of compelling prostitution and one count of child trafficking.

January 30, 2012 8:20:26 PM PST
A Pasadena mother and a male acquaintance are accused of prostituting the woman's daughter.

The 34-year-old woman is charged with one count of compelling prostitution and one count of child trafficking. Court documents state between August 15 and September 15, 2011, the mother would bring along her 14-year-old daughter while the mom was allegedly prostituting herself. When some customers started asking about her daughter, the girl said her mom "forced me to do it" and that it happened "many times," according to court documents.

The girl told investigators that her mom would collect money -- between $20 and $50 -- from the customers up front, then leave her with the men. She says her mom told the customers that she was 17 years old, but that the girl told the men she was only 14.

When the mother was confronted about the allegations, court documents show she stated "I know I did wrong" and "I am a monster, I deserve anything I get."

The 47-year-old man is also charged with one count of compelling prostitution and one count of child trafficking. According to court documents, the man was sexually assaulting the girl while she and her mom were living with him during the same time period last year. He then allegedly coached her how to prostitute herself at local truck stops.

Court documents show the man drove the girl to two truck stops on at least six occasions and that she would have sex with multiple men each night. The girl told investigators that the man would then take all the money she earned as a prostitute.

The man is also alleged to have taken the girl with her mother to prostitute herself at the local apartment complexes mentioned above.

Police say the girl picked the man out of a photo array, and that a witness at the truck stop says he was approached by the girl.

Bond has been set at $20,000 for the girl's mother for each charge. No bond has been set for the man.

We are not identifying the mother in order to protect the victim's identity.


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