A mother who pimped her daughter to men for money has been arrested and charged.
A Norfolk, Virginia, USA mother, Melissa Bennet, has been arrested and charged for allegedly selling her 18-year-old daughter to strange men for sex so that she could make some extra cash to take care of her household exigencies like paying for the rent, buying a phone and gas.
According to an affidavit sworn to by the 34-year-old woman of Virginia Beach, 'she persuaded and harassed' her teenage daughter to commit sexual acts with strangers in exchange for money.
The daughter had told investigators that her mother took her to the location where she was to have sex with men for money.
Detectives say they saw text messages between the mother and daughter, showing Bennett instructing her daughter to meet with several men because they needed money and as soon as her daughter was paid for the sex acts, the mother demanded she hand over the cash.
Bennett allegedly admitted to the crimes and told investigators that she needed the money to pay rent, gas and cellphone bills.
She also said that she accompanied her daughter to the location where she was to have sex to protect her from the men.
The daughter told police that her mother began prostituting her just after her 18th birthday and after one month of being pimped out for sex, the daughter had enough and decided to go to the police.
Bennett has been charged with pandering.