Woman sen­tenced to four years in jail for liv­ing off pros­ti­tu­tion earn­ings of 15-year-old girl

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A 34-year-old woman from Birżeb­buġa was yes­ter­day sen­tenced to four years im­pris­on­ment af­ter she was found guilty of liv­ing off pros­ti­tu­tion earn­ings of a 15year-old girl in 2008.

The woman, Anna Maria Jimenez, was un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion since June 2008. Fol­low­ing a search of the woman’s house by the po­lice and Ap­poġġ, the state so­cial care agency, the girl was found alone. She told the au­thor­i­ties that Ms Jimenez would bring men home to have sex with her, and they would then pay Ms Jimenez. The girl said that this has been go­ing on for roughly 18 months.

She claimed that Ms Jimenez had phys­i­cally abused her by punch­ing her, beat­ing her with belts as well as clothes hang­ers.

The vic­tim told the courts, via video con­fer­enc­ing, that her mother and Ms Jimenez had been in a re­la­tion­ship for about one year. When her mother and Ms Jimenez broke up, the vic­tim had de­cided to go and live with the lat­ter be­cause the for­mer had be­gun a re­la­tion­ship with a man. The girl said she had not spo­ken to her mother since she turned 15.

The vic­tim also said that Ms Jimenez’ mother had threat­ened her by say­ing that if Ms Jimenez ended up in jail the girl would end up “in her grave.” Med­i­cal tests car­ried out on the vic­tim found that she had con­tracted a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease.

Pros­e­cut­ing In­spec­tor Josephine Gauci, re­lay­ing what the vic­tim had told of­fi­cers to Mag­is­trate Neville Camil­leri, said the girl felt as though she was a slave. She said that Ms Jimenez would take all her earn­ings and spend them on de­signer clothes. The court heard how the girl would have to meet a va­ri­ety of men, some for­eign, some old, and would be made to ser­vice them ei­ther at the home of Ms Jimenez or in the men’s cars.

Ms Jimenez is known for a sep­a­rate case in Septem­ber of last year, when she was ac­cused of de­tain­ing a dis­abled woman who she claimed to have been car­ing for, in de­grad­ing, in­hu­mane and cramped con­di­tions for nine years.

Dur­ing a search of the home in ques­tion, au­thor­i­ties found and seized €1,560 and a fur­ther €200 found hid­den in a sofa which the vic­tim used as bed­ding. The ac­cused’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card, play­ing cards, con­doms, a flick knife and a set of hand­cuffs were found in the kitchen.

Mag­is­trate Camil­leri held that he had no rea­son to doubt the tes­ti­mony of the vic­tim. He also ob­served that the vic­tim’s mother was aware that Ms Jimenez was in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion, and still al­lowed her daugh­ter to go live with her.

The pros­e­cu­tion how­ever, had failed to prove that the vic­tim was cor­rupted by Ms Jimenez. Rea­sons for this is that ini­tially, the vic­tim had not com­plained about of­fer­ing sex­ual ser­vices, and was in fact pleased be­cause she had money to spend. Ap­par­ently, the ar­range­ment had turned sour fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment be­tween the pair. The ac­cused was de­clared not guilty of cor­rupt­ing the mi­nor or hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in sex­ual acts with her.

In his judge­ment, Mag­is­trate Camil­leri took note of the fact that the vic­tim, who is now 22 years old, spoke of want­ing to for­give and rec­on­cile with Ms Jimenez. He held how­ever, that a prison sen­tence would be fit­ting un­der the cir­cum­stances.

In ad­di­tion to the four-year jail term, Jimenez was also con­demned to pay €3,600 in costs and be added to the sex of­fend­ers’ regis­ter.

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