Albuquerque couple indicted in abuse case involving girl, 7

May 17, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico parents of a 7-year-old girl who authorities say was abused, neglected and sexually exploited are facing multiple charges in separate indictments handed down Thursday.

The couple, both 37, were arrested as a result of what authorities describe as a human trafficking probe.

The father is accused of prostituting his daughter and forcing her to sexually touch men and women in exchange for drugs, paraphernalia and other items. He was indicted on counts of human trafficking, criminal sexual contact of a minor, child abuse and promoting prostitution.

The mother was indicted on counts of child abuse and a count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Associated Press is not naming the parents to avoid identifying the child, whom authorities have identified as a crime victim.

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