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Woman accused of luring daughter into prostitution denied bail

Thursday, June 26, 2014    

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A domestic helper, accused of pimping out her 13-year-old daughter who has not attended school since last September, was yesterday remanded when she appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

The accused, Audrey Taylor, 42, of no fixed address, is facing charges of living off the earnings of prostitution, failure in her duty to provide care and education for the child, as well as human trafficking.

According to the police, Taylor and the complainant, who has lived with her mother for almost all her life, were left homeless in February after Taylor's common-law husband threw her out of his house where she and the complainant were living in Mountain View in Kingston.

Taylor and the complainant reportedly went to live on the streets, sleeping in an abandoned building and begging strangers for food.

Police also reported that while they were homeless, the complainant formed a relationship with three men who she would have sex with the minor in exchange for money.

According to the police report, the men usually pick up the complainant and take her to their homes after first consulting with her mother, who would then collect money from the complainant on her return.

On May 21, a concerned citizen notified the police of the situation and the mother was taken into custody and charged.

Yesterday, when the matter was mentioned in court, Attorney Shane Williams, who is representing the accused, asked for her to be admitted to bail while indicating that she had an alternative place to stay, but the investigating officer told the court that she would have to verify the address.

Taylor was then remanded and is scheduled to return to court on July 14.

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