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Thursday, May 06, 2010

'I was reduced to an object and a paycheck by my own mother'

A Blue Springs woman was sentenced to 15 years for letting her daughter be prostituted when she was just a girl. The victim, now in her 20s, testified during Wednesday's sentencing:

The victim, now in her early 20s and married, said she “cried and pleaded” with her mother many times to get her out of the situation. “Every time, she turned me down flat,” she said. “She made it clear I was wrong as a child to question her.”

She said she longed for a normal childhood and ached when she saw other kids her age doing the kinds of things she never got to do.

“You only get one shot to be a child,” she said, sobbing. “I will never get that back. I wanted to have it so bad.”

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