UNNAMED DAD has pleaded guilty to charges of incest, receiving payment from sexual services provided by a child, inducing a child to take part in prostitution, producing child pornography, and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16.
Father prostituted disabled girl
March 19, 2010
AN INTELLECTUALLY disabled girl was molested from the age of 11 by her father, who later prostituted her to a group of truck-driving mates, the Victorian County Court has heard.
The man, a 58-year-old father of six from Kilmore, abused his daughter, now 24, for 10 years.
When she was 13, she left school on the proviso that she work for her father. He persuaded her to have sex with him by paying her between $100 and $200, the court heard yesterday.
He also molested her when he was living in Melbourne and she went to visit him.
Prosecutor Ray Gibson said the girl was 16 when her father had told her that she could make some ''quick money'' if his friends had sex with her.
She was reluctant to do so but her father had persisted until she agreed, he said.
She could recall at least three men who had sex with her after making arrangements with her father on at least five occasions, the court heard.
Police have only been able to identify one man who paid for sex with the daughter; he was charged with two counts of entering into an agreement of sex with a child under 18.
On two occasions, the father filmed that man having sex with his daughter. The second time, the father handed over the camera and they swapped roles.
The woman said the men had paid her between $200 and $300, and while she thought she had received all the money, she was unsure if her father had taken a cut.
Mr Gibson said the daughter had continually complained to her father that she was not a prostitute and a father should not treat a daughter in that fashion, but he had continued to present her with ''clients''.
The father, who cannot be identified to protect his daughter's identity, pleaded guilty to two counts of incest and one count each of receiving payment from sexual services provided by a child, inducing a child to take part in prostitution, producing child pornography and maintaining a sexual relationship with a child under 16.
The daughter said she had been able to stand up to her father after she had a daughter herself when she was 21, when the abuse ended. She said having a child made her more assertive.
Defence counsel Scott Johns said the man had been abused by his mother as a child and that gave clues as to why he had behaved in such an ''appalling'' manner.
''It is puzzling how it has all unfolded, but these cases, this sort of conduct is almost always unfathomable,'' he said.
In a victim impact statement read to the court, the woman said she had become suicidal, and every time she saw a truck she believed her attackers were inside. ''All I wanted was a normal dad. Someone to look after me and protect me,'' she said.
When she was 20, she asked her father for a loan to fund a holiday. He pestered her into working as a prostitute for a friend, Mr Gibson said.
''This is a situation of sheer exploitation of the child,'' he said. ''He has prostituted her for the payment of money.''
The court also heard she was raped seven times by a neighbour when she was 14.
Mr Gibson said a maximum jail term of between 11 and 14 years would be appropriate, with a non-parole period of between 8½ years and 11 years. But Mr Johns said a minimum term should be lower.
The judge remanded the man in custody ahead of sentencing in May.
The man will have to comply with reporting conditions of serious sexual offenders for the rest of his life.