Mum runs teen daughter as willing prostitute
A mother has been charged with child prostitution after being caught procuring clients for her 15-year-old daughter, Pattaya police said on Tuesday.
- Published: 29/01/2013 at 01:02 PM
- Newspaper section: topstories
Pol Sub Lt Nithit Krairat, of Chon Buri police, said the mother, 42, and her daughter (names withheld to protect the child) were caught in a sting operation on Sunday night in a bungalow in Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district. The mother charged clients 2,500 baht for her daughter's services.
Police said the mother admitted she and her daughter moved from Surin province to Pattaya last week.
She was unemployed and her daughter wanted money for shopping and leisure activities, so she suggested that her child become a prostitute so both of them could earn lots of money.
The girl told police that her mother acted as her pimp, brought her clients and made arrangements for her.
The teenager added that she voluntarily became a prostitute because she needed money, and was not forced into prostitution by her mum.
Pol Sub Lt Nithit said the mother was charged for child prostitution while the girl was sent to a child rehabilitation centre in Chon Buri province.
Pattaya police also arrested a "coyote" dancer who allegedly lured her younger sister in working as a prostitute.
Pol Maj Gen Chawalit Sawangpuech, commissioner of the Anti-Human Trafficking Division, said police conducted a sting operation at a hotel in Pattaya, with one of their foreign assistants posing as a client. They discovered that the 23-year-old bar dancer was also a mamasan.
The suspect denied the charge, saying that her sister was already in a relationship with the undercover agent and that the money they received was not payment for sex.
Pol Maj Gen Chawalit said the pair charged their customers about 2,500 baht for each service and they accepted only foreign clients. The younger sister would keep 2,000 baht and her elser sister the remaining 500 baht, he added.
Police charged the elder sister with child prostitution. The offence carries a penalty of six to 12 years imprisonment and a fine ranging from 120,000 to 240,000 baht if convicted.
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