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Monday, April 30, 2007

And the mother of the year award goes to.......

I really have no words....

Ma 'sorry' for pimping kids

They were having sex anyway, she says


Monday, April 30th 2007, 4:00 AM


A Queens mother stands accused of the nearly unthinkable: pimping her daughters at 10 and 11 years old to feed a drug habit, the Daily News has learned.

The 34-year-old woman first pushed her older daughter, then 10, into prostitution in 2001, profiting from the sex sales until 2004, when relatives forced her to stop, according to prosecutors.

The younger sister was sent out at 11, selling herself for her mother from May to September 2004, prosecutors say.

"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt [them]," the woman told investigators in a teary, videotaped statement.

She went on to offer a chilling logic. "They [were] out there [having sex] for nothing. So it's like [if they have sex] for money, I could get some," she said.

"I never coerced her into doing anything she didn't want to do," the woman said of her oldest girl, according to the statement.

"I didn't say, 'Do it.' But I didn't stop her, either."

But prosecutors allege that the little girl did try to say no.

"She would refuse the defendant's demand, but [the mother] threatened that she would take her younger sister out for the purpose of prostitution," according to court papers.

The woman - whose name The News is withholding to protect the children's identity - said the girls would give her about $20 to $25 of the $80 to $100 they were paid each time they had sex.

The alleged prostitution was kept secret for years, until one of the girls recently told a social agency worker, a source said. The mother was arrested earlier this month and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, where she was held on $100,000 bail.

She faces 25 years in prison if convicted.

"I'm still investigating the facts of the case," said her lawyer Steven Goldenberg. "My client is pleading not guilty, and we will have our day in court."

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