Mother forces young daughter for prostitution to pay lover's debts in India

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Mother forces young daughter for prostitution to pay lover's debts in India

NEW DELHI - A 16-year-old girl has got her mother arrested in Pune for forcing her into prostitution.

Speaking to India Today, the minor girl said her mother had separated from her father and moved to Nashik three years ago. The woman took her daughter with her.

In Nashik, the girl lived with her mother and her alleged boyfriend. The first few months were bliss as the minor was pampered. She also didn't have to go to school or study.

After a few months the teenager was asked to work at a spa. As a receptionist she earned Rs 10,000 a month.

Her ordeal started soon after. First her mother asked her to give massages to male customers coming to the spa.

From mere massages she was forced to have physical relations with spa customers. Talking to India Today, the minor said she was paid Rs 5,000 or more to sleep with customers.

Scared of the ill-behaviour of the customers, the girl refused to go to the spa but her mother forced her to continue. Her earnings were used to repay her mother's boyfriend's debts.

Police raid in Nashik forced the woman to move base to Pune. There she compelled her daughter to work as an escort.

Thanks to a friend, the scarred girl got in touch with Lakshya Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working with children.

Activists with the NGO registered a complaint with Pune's Shastri Nagar police station with the girl as the complainant; police arrested the woman and her boyfriend under the Sections 5 and 9 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

The minor girl, after spending 15 days at child rescue home, has been reunited with her father and grandmother.