Both parents of a 7-year-old girl have been arrested after the girl's father was accused of prostituting her for drugs. Investigators say the little girl also told them that her dad would make her steal people's wallets because her family needed money for food and water. 37-year-old James Stewart is facing five charges including human trafficking, criminal sexual contact of a minor, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and promoting prostitution.
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Teri Sanchez, the girl's mother, has also been arrested and charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. James Hallinan, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said, "Attorney General Balderas can confirm special agents from his office arrested Teri Sanchez last night in connection with an ongoing investigation and she is currently in custody at MDC." The Albuquerque Police say Stewart forced his daughter to perform sex acts on both men and women.
The New Mexico Attorney General's Office opened an investigation into the prostitution of the young girl on April 18 after a nurse from the girl's school said she thought the 7-year-old was the victim of sexual assault. The school's staff became concerned when the girl would regularly fall asleep in class. When asked why she was so tired she said, "Mom made me hustle last night".
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Another teacher said the girl showed up to school wearing overtly sexually provocative clothes with high-heel dress shoes, press-on nails, makeup, and her hair was "done". An incident in November occurred when a teacher noticed the girl smelled like urine and found dried blood in the girl's underwear. Investigators later discovered the girl and her family were homeless. Both she and her 8-year-old brother were placed in Children Youth and Families Department custody Tuesday.
The criminal complaint reveals Stewart would make his daughter perform sex acts on his friends and "in exchange for performing the sexual acts on these men and women, her father receives 'weed and pipes and other stuff." She was also hit by her mother and forced to "panhandle by herself" while her father would maker her "steal people's wallets".
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