EVERETT — A 44-year-old woman in Everett was arrested for allegedly pimping out her 16-year-old daughter for prostitution, even driving her to motel rooms and instructing her on how to get money from Johns, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said.
The woman faces charges of commercial sexual abuse of a minor, a Class-A felony.
Q13 FOX News is not identifying the woman because she has not yet been charged with a crime.
The sheriff’s office first became aware of the mother while investigating underage prostitution in the Everett area.
A detective used Backpage.com to discover multiple ads from a young individual, later identified as a 16-year-old girl. An investigation quickly uncovered hundreds of text messages between the girl and potential clients, who offered to pay her money or give her drugs for sex, documents show.
The girl also allegedly texted her mother, often saying things like “I got a room,” and “I have the money ready to put on your card,” documents show. The girl even allegedly told men she needed to meet her mom before meeting or sex.
Detectives contacted the girl’s father, who feared the girl was engaging in prostitution, documents show.
Detectives interviewed the girl on Dec. 20, and she allegedly admitted to working as a prostitute. She also allegedly said her mother was well aware, and that she often gave her mom money she received from acts of prostitution.
“Her mom was very well aware of what she was doing and encouraged it almost because (the girl) enjoyed the money,” documents read.
Police arrested the girl’s mother shortly after interviewing the girl, and she will likely face charges in Snohomish County Court.