Wednesday, April 13, 2005 Posted: 8:07 AM EDT (1207 GMT)
OKEECHOBEE, Florida (AP) -- A woman was arrested for allegedly forcing her 12-year-old daughter into prostitution and trading a 14-year-old daughter for a car.
The 39-year-old woman was charged with aggravated child abuse and sexual performance by a child. Both girls have been turned over to the Department of Children & Families.
The youngest girl and her mother were living out of their car, and would sell sex for food and an occasional shower at the men's homes, according to a report by Okeechobee County Sheriff's Detective K.J. Ammons.
The youngest daughter is three months pregnant, the report said; she was 11 when her mother first forced her to have sex with a man. The older daughter refused to be a prostitute and was allegedly sold for a car.
"She was sold to a man for a Mercury Cougar," Ammons said. "But he never gave the mother the vehicle." He was arrested in the case.
The youngest girl told detectives her mother took them out of school. "She said she was a good student and made A's and B's, and all she wants to do is go back to school," he said.
So I've never been very good with cars. I've never read those automobile magazines and I can't tell you how long it takes anything with 4 wheels to go from 0 to 60. What I want to know is....how good a car is a mercury cougar? Who got the better end of the deal, so to speak. I mean, sure you have to provide room and board but I figure 14 is old enough that you could have her cooking meals and doing housework and such. You know, useful things. So I guess we would have to weigh the value of the car against the cost of a live-in maid/cook. Of course, there would have to be some sort of value deduction because she was 14 and all. She can't reach high shelves and probaly can't move heavy boxes around. Not to mention that the meals and laundry service are likely to be really lackluster at first until you get her properly trained.
Anyone want to sell a healthy and strong relative into indentured servitude? I've got a '97 ford taurus I might be willing to part with.