A Georgia mother is facing criminal charges for allegedly prostituting her daughter six years earlier, when the girl was just 11 years old.
The Daily Tribune News reported that police believe Jennifer Short, now 37, sold her preteen daughter to Javier Murrieta, now 42, for $100 sometime between January 1-2, 2013. An indictment alleged that Murrieta acquired “sexual intercourse [and] sexually explicit conduct” from the victim while she was being restrained at his home.
Short and Murrieta are charged with trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, rape, and child molestation. Meanwhile, a third suspect, Rogelio Cabello Gallegos, 57, is facing rape and child molestation charges for three “separate and distinct” incidents which occurred between August 11, 2013, and August 10, 2014, according to the indictment.
Gallegos’ alleged crimes reportedly transpired at a home that he and Short are listed as residents. The Tribune News reported that an arrest warrant was issued for Gallegos on November 16, 2018, with Short and Murrieta’s warrants coming the three days later.
Gallegos pleaded not guilty Tuesday and remains jailed. Gallegos and Short remain jailed as bond hasn’t been set.
Citing police records, the outlet reported that Murrieta was put on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) place hold on November 16. Cherokee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Whitney Law explained that there’s a grand jury bench warrant out for him but he hasn’t been arrested on those charges as the federal agency maintains custody.
[Featured Image: Jennifer Short/Handout]