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Mother sells teenage daughter to man for sex to make extra cash

By Mason White 10:06 AM August 16, 2015
Melissa Bennett 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A mother of Norfolk, Virginia, was arrested for prostituting her teenage daughter.

According to an affidavit, 34-year-old Melissa Bennett of Virginia Beach, “persuaded and harassed” her 18-year-old daughter to commit sexual acts with strangers in exchange for money.

The daughter told investigators that her mother took her to the location, where she was to have sex with men for money.

Detectives saw text messages between the mother and daughter, showing Bennett instructing her daughter to meet with several men because they needed money.

As soon as her daughter was paid for sex, Bennett demanded she hand over the cash.

Bennett allegedly admitted to the crimes and told investigators that she needed the money to pay rent, gas and cellphone bills.

Bennett also said that she accompanied her daughter to the location where she was to have sex to protect her from the men.

The daughter told police that her mother began prostituting her just after her 18th birthday. After one month of being pimped out for sex, the daughter had enough and decided to go to the police.

Bennett was arrested and charged with pandering.