Texas mom accused of prostituting daughter

Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM
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HOUSTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- "A monster" is how a Texas woman allegedly described herself after her arrest for allegedly forcing her teenage daughter into prostitution, court records show.

The girl, who was 14 at the time, accompanied her 34-year-old mother to apartments where the Pasadena woman was engaged in prostitution, a Harris County District Attorney's Office complaint stated. Customers asked for sex with girl, whose mother would tell them was 17, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

The report from the District Attorney's office mentioned the girl was engaged in prostitution for several weeks in the summer of 2011. The names of the mother and her daughter were not released.

The mother was charged with child endangerment in 2001, for leaving a son younger than 15 at home unsupervised, and was jailed for six months after probation was revoked. She also pleaded no contest to misdemeanor burglary in September and assault in October.

After the arrest for compelling prostitution of a person under 18 and human trafficking, the woman allegedly confided to a relative, "I can't believe I did that to my daughter. I am a monster. I deserve anything I get," the Houston Chronicle said.

Also charged in the case was a 47-year-old man the girl allegedly lived with for a time, Reynaldo Alaniz, who allegedly had sex with her, physically assaulted her and prostituted her.

Alaniz and the mother, who faces a Feb. 23 arraignment, remained jailed.

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