Romanian woman arrested for forcing daughter, 13 into prostitution

The Italian police have arrested a homeless Romanian woman in Sicily for forcing her 13-year-old daughter into prostitution in exchange for money, drinks, cigarettes, a place to sleep or use of a shower.

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Police said all four men involved in sexually abusing the teenager, including a 90-year-old man, have been apprehended.

The alleged sex crimes were discovered by officers while investigating cases of rural labour exploitation and that the girl worked illegally in greenhouse plantations, where the events took place.

The police further said that she used to have sex with landowners from North Africa, Italy or Romania, either on the fields or abandoned houses and at other times, older men would abuse her in return for hospitality for her and her mother.