de Jesus Zapata Moreno (second right) is accused of selling the virginities of her 12 daughters. Tito Cornelio Daza, (second left) who is accused of fathering a child with one of Moreno's daughters, was also .
Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, was detained in Bogota earlier this week after one of her girls, now 16 and who had fallen pregnant, contacted police. The teen was angry after her mother ordered her to abort her child, it's claimed.
Tito Cornelio Daza, 51, and reportedly the biological girl's baby, was also arrested. Univision reports that Zapata, who has a total of 14 children, would sell their virginities once they turned 12-years-old. She would then allegedly force them to prostitute themselves to . 'It hurts that a mother would do this,' police chief Carlos , investigating the case, told reporters.
Two of her 14 children, not subjected to the alleged sex work, are in the care of in Bogata 'The mother contacted highly solvent but depraved men so they could have sex with the minors when they turned 12,' he added. Zapata, who has denied the allegations, faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
She currently remains at El Buen Pastro prison, while Daza is being held at Modelo Prison. Both are accused of carnal abuse of a minor under 14-years-old, and the enforcement of prostitution. Her two other children not subjected to the sex work, a boy of 11 and a girl of 9, are now understood to be in the care of social services.
The daughter who reported her mother is now receiving psychological help from the Colombian Family Welfare Institute.
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