A Colombian woman identified as Margarita Zapata Moreno, 45, is facing charges for allegedly selling her daughters’ virginity in Bogotá, RCN Radio reports.
Authorities said the mother of 14 sold the virginity of her 12 daughters, charging men who had a “favorable financial situation” around $300 per minor, according to the Colombian radio station.
Earlier this week, Zapata was turned over to the police by one of her daughters who is now 16 and has a child as a result of the alleged sexual abuse. The victims’ testimonies indicated that the mother drugged the minors and forced them to have sexual relations with the men.
After selling their virginity, Zapata reportedly forced several of her daughters to prostitute themselves, according to the Colombian daily El Tiempo. The daughter who denounced her mother told local authorities she had been sexually abused since the age of 12, became pregnant and went to the police after Zapata told her to get an abortion.
Tito Cornelio Daza, 51, was also detained and is believed to have abused at least one of the daughters.
Daza and Zapata deny the daughter’s accusations, but have been arrested and could face up to 25 years in prison, El Tiempo reports.
Earlier this month, the National Legal Medicine Institute reported 11,333 cases of sexual violence against minors in Colombia since January of this year. According to El Tiempo, 83 percent of the victims were girls.