Colombian woman sold virginity of 12 daughters for $200 each

A handout police photo of Margarita Zapata Moreno (left), who is accused of selling the virginity of 12 of her daughters.    National Police Of Colombia / EPA

By GlobalPost.com

A Colombian mother is accused of selling the virginity of her 12 daughters for about $200 a piece to make ends meet.

Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, was arrested this week along with a 51-year-old contractor accused of impregnating one of the young girls, Colombia’s RCN Radio reported.

Police in Bogota uncovered the alleged sex trafficking after the 14-year-old girl refused to get an abortion and reported the pair to authorities.

“Being a minor, she was brave to come forward and to reject and avoid an abortion,” Bogota police Col. Carlos Menendez told CNN. “That’s where the investigation started.”

According to police, Zapata Moreno began prostituting her daughters when they turned 12, offering men who had a “favorable financial situation” about $200 per minor.

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