Teen reportedly forced into prostitution during visit with neighbors
(WMC) - A Memphis mother says she is devastated after neighbors she thought she could trust allegedly forced her teenage daughter into prostitution.
The mother says her daughter is nice and intelligent and knows that if anyone ever does anything to her she needs to tell somebody. Police say the 15-year-old is the victim of forced prostitution and aggravated statutory rape inside her own apartment complex.
"It's been devastating to me," said the mother, who asked to have her identity concealed. "And when she came out she was smelling a little musty. I was like you need to go in the house and take a bath."
"And then I was like, 'Why is your shirt on backwards? What's wrong with you?'" the mother said. "She was putting her shoe in and she was like they were in there feeling on me. I said, 'Who is they?'"
Mom says neighbor Tiffany Harris asked her to send the teen over to help her with something. Police say when she got inside, Harris' boyfriend Calvin Butler gave her $40 to participate in a threesome.
But after it started, the teen told them to stop and, according to an affidavit of complaint, Harris and Butler asked for and got their $40 back.
"It's not getting over anything like this," the mother said.
The mother says her daughter does not want Harris and Butler's $40, but they do hope these allegations cost the couple time behind bars.
"What she did, and what Calvin did was not right. And they just need to pay for what they did to my daughter," the mother said. "Because that wasn't right at all, because they an adult and she's a child."
Harris' bond is set at $60,000. Butler's at $50,000.
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