Teresa Vancouver has been sentenced to at least 20 years in jail after pleading guilty to 24 charges of prostituting her daughters, according to Greensboro News and Record.
The 52-year-old, living in North Carolina, would sell her mentally disabled daughters to various men around the neighbourhood, to fund her crack cocaine habit.
In confessions told to police, Vancouver would force one of her daughters, aged just 15, to perform sexual acts on a man, sometimes for just $5.
In some cases, she would engage in sexual acts at the same time as her daughter or would force her daughter to watch as she had sex with the man. For these, Vancouver would exchange $20.
After her eldest daughter refused to keep participating, Vancouver started to sell her daughter, then aged 13.
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Vancouver would take her daughters to a local barber shop, to a boat ramp, and in one case, to the house of one of the men’s mother to perform the sexual acts.
For so long, Vancouver told her daughters they had to do what they did to fund their dad’s medical bills. However, in July of 2015 their father died and that was when the 15-year-old girl started questioning things.
By September 2015, she reported police to what was happening.
“We don’t have to do it anymore because daddy is dead,” the daughter told police.
Vancouver was immediately arrested and confessed to the crimes, however, her daughters were left confused about why she was even in trouble.
“It’s mummy’s fault. I prostituted you guys. I have to face the consequences,” Vancouver told her daughters the last time she saw them.
Her confession also led to the arrest of four men who were also part of the whole act: Thomas Woodall, Donnie Carter, Mickey Snow, and Everett Ferris Jr.
The Superior Court Judge, Mike Duncan, presiding over the case was absolutely disgusted by the case.
“This is one of the most disturbing cases factually I’ve heard in my 10 years on the bench.”
Featured image via Eden Police.
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