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Parents forced daughter into sex with 80-year-old
Up to 11,000 children are forced into prostitution in Italy. File photo.

Parents forced daughter into sex with 80-year-old

Published: 22 Nov 2013 12:43 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2013 12:43 GMT+01:00

The pair are now on trial in Sicily after setting up sexual encounters between the girl and their former employer in exchange for “a few hundred euros” at least twice a month, ArticoloTre reported. The court in the nearby town of Caltanissetta heard that the couple had "severe financial problems".

The girl fell pregnant and gave birth to a son, fathered by the 80-year-old, in 2008. The case later came to the attention of the social services, which conducted an investigation, including a DNA test proving the elderly man was the child’s father.

A report by the Italian unit of Ecpat, the international child protection agency, earlier this month found that up to 11,000 children are forced into prostitution in Italy.

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The financial crisis is partly to blame, with an increasing number of women, faced with unemployment, turning to sex work, both on the street and online.

A woman and her daughter, from Rimini, reportedly became prostitutes in a bid to support their struggling family.

Meanwhile, five people were arrested in Rome in late October in connection with a prostitution ring that involved two girls aged 14 and 15. The mother of one of the girl's was also arrested for pimping her daughter. 

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