Warning: this post may be distressing for survivors of abuse. This story defies belief. Earlier this year a 41 year old woman in Tasmania was charged with prostituting her 12-year-old daughter. The mother and her partner, Gary Devine placed advertisements in local newspapers stating that the girl who they dubbed “Angela”, was 18.
It is alleged that they then rented a hotel room on weekends and prostituted the little girl. Authorities say that some of the money was given to the girl, while Devine and her mother spent the rest on drugs and paying off debts. As you do when you prostitute your 12 year old daughter.
Police estimate that the girl was forced to have sex with about 120 men during this time. Let’s remember that she was 12. Not yet a teenager and having sex against her will. She was in fact raped. By 120 different men. At 12 years old.
Gary Devine and the mother are currently serving 10-year sentences. The girl and her two sisters, aged 5 and 15 are living in foster care.