Sunday 13 October 2019

Teen (15) 'pimped by girlfriend for drugs' placed in secure facility

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Aodhan O'Faolain

A 15-year-old girl who was being pimped to men by her girlfriend for money and drugs has been placed in a secure facility by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency (CFA).

The CFA sought the orders over concerns for her life and welfare following several incidents in recent weeks.

These include the girl, who is deemed extremely vulnerable, being sexually assaulted and abused on many occasions.

She was pimped out to several men by her older girlfriend for "€20 and drugs", including crack cocaine and heroin, the CFA claims.

The girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been taking illegal drugs and alcohol before being pimped.

One of several men who had unprotected sex with her is an Irish-based eastern European prostitute who is HIV positive.

There is also a risk the girl may become pregnant, as the only contraceptive she is known to have used on occasions is the morning after pill.

The girl, who was in several placements, had most recently been staying with her father, who the court heard has been trying to help her.

The girl is in a relationship with an older girl, counsel said, but "acted more as the teen's pimp". One of the men believed to have sexually assaulted her is her girlfriend's brother, the court heard.

Counsel said gardaí are investigating certain matters, including the girl's claims about being sexually abused.

There is also a probe into the possibility she may have participated in the making of child pornography.

The CFA secured High Court orders allowing it to place the girl in a secure facility, where she will be able to access the supports and healthcare she requires.

Irish Independent

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