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