|Margarita de Jesus Zapata being led away by police|
A woman has being convicted of forcing her children into prostitution and has been jailed for £22 years after selling her 12-year-old daughter's virginity for £69. Identified as Margarita de Jesus Zapata, she was was jailed by a judge in the Colombian capital Bogota. According to Mirror Online, the brunette schemer was arrested after another of her 13 daughters went to authorities claiming she forced her children into prostitution and made one of them have an abortion after she fell pregnant. The man, said to have paid 300,000 Colombian pesos (£69) for Zapata’s daughter’s virginity, named locally as Tito Cornelio Daza, was jailed for 12 years.
The pair were found guilty of crimes of proxenetism and sexual exploitation. Several of Margarita’s daughters are thought to have given evidence against her, although after her arrest initially, they failed to support the claims of one of her teenage children who said she had been abused since the age of 12.
The teenager, 17 when she went to police, claimed her mum had also sold her virginity.
Police chief, Carlos Melendez said: “It hurts that a mother would do this. She contacted highly solvent but depraved men so they could have sex with the minors.”