A mother was arrested after she was accused of selling her teenage daughters in prostitution. Deputies say those daughters are just 16, 17 and 18 years old.
According to a report, 50-year-old Paula Howard sold her daughters for sex, for as little as $20.
An anonymous tip led Osceola County deputies to Howard, suspected of operating a family-run prostitution business. Deputies arrested Howard after an undercover sting.
Deputies said they found Howard and her three daughters at a bus stop in Kissimmee.
Howard waved over the undercover deputy as one of the girls walked up and offered sex for cash, and then deputies said the second daughter did the same.
Local 6 has also learned that Samantha Howard, 18, was also arrested and charged with prostitution because she’s an adult, but her two younger sisters are being cared for in protective custody because they are underage.
Deputies fear how those girls started selling their bodies in the first place.
“They were willing to do this. It’s probably because maybe the mother had forced them to do this for some extended period of time,” said Twis Lizasuain of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
For now, deputies said Paula Howard will remain in jail while her children will get the help they need.
Deputies called the whole ordeal extremely rare.
The report also suggests the family prostitution ring has been going on for about a month.