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Colombian Mother Accused of Selling Her 12 Daughters' Virginity For $200 Each

Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, is accused of pimping 12 of her daughters.

Margarita de Jesus Zapata Moreno, 45, is accused of pimping 12 of her daughters.  (National Police of Colombia)

A Colombian mother of 14 is accused of selling the virginity of her 12 underage daughters for about $200 per child, according to RCN radio in Colombia.

Authorities say Margarita Zapata Moreno, 45, also continued to force several of her daughters to prostitute themselves to financially well off men in Bogota. 

Zapata denies the allegations and faces up to 25 years in prison, according to El Tiempo. At least some of the girls were under the age of 14 when they were forced to have sex, RCN said.

Authorities said Zapata was reported by one of her daughters, who is now 16 and has a child as a result of the alleged sexual abuse. 

The teen was reportedly upset that her mother wanted her to abort the child.

According to victim testimony, Zapata drugged her young daughters before forcing them to have sex with men she handpicked for her daughters.

"It's unnatural behavior that goes against the principles of being a mother, someone who is supposed to love and protect her children," Carlos Melendez, Commander of the Police Force of Bogota, told Univision.

Tito Cornelio Daza, 51, allegedly the baby's father, was also arrested.

Both Daza and Zapata face charges of abuse of a minor under 14 and the enforcement of prostitution.

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