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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Kerala: India 13-year-old girl 'sold for sex' by parents

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Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala have arrested the mother and stepfather of a teenage girl for allegedly forcing her into the sex trade for two years.
The 13-year-old has been rescued and taken to a state-run shelter home.
She has told counsellors that her parents would solicit customers and force her to have sex with the men.
Her mother has told a news channel that she would charge 3,000 rupees (£30; $47) from a customer for her daughter.
Police said they had identified 25 of the 40 customers who had allegedly paid for sex with the teenager.
Ten others, including a broker, have also been arrested in connection with the case.
The 37-year-old mother has seven children - the oldest is 24 years old and the youngest is aged four.
Her 55-year-old husband worked as a driver and would solicit customers showing the girl's photograph, police said.
The family lived in a rented house in the northern town of Kottakal in Malappuram district.
In 2011, the police in Kerala arrested the father of a 17-year-old girl for forcing her to have sex for money with up to 200 men.
Twenty-nine others were arrested in connection with the case.

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