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Mom Arrested on Prostituting Charges

August 30, 2001

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) _ A woman allegedly prostituted herself and her 13-year-old daughter for money to buy crack cocaine, which they would smoke together, police said.

Stacy Nihipali, 30, was arrested Tuesday night on two charges of child abuse and neglect, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen-age daughter told investigators her mother paid for drugs by having sex in men’s homes or in cars. The daughter would join in, according to the arrest report.

Deputies discovered the abuse when Nihipali and her daughter were caught burglarizing the home of a man who had refused to pay them for sex.

``Turning tricks was their sole support,″ Sgt. Sheila Brooks said. Brooks said the girl did not willingly participate in the sex.

Their drug habit, which could cost up to $1,000 per week, began last January, after the mother moved from Hawaii to Cape Coral with her three children, the daughter told investigators. Nihipali also has a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter .

Nihipali was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. The daughter is staying with a relative, and the state took custody of Nihipali’s younger children, authorities said.

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