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Woman who pimped out teenager jailed

Monika Rachael Kelly, 21, appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning. - Photo: RNZ / Anneke Smith

An Auckland woman who pimped out a 14-year-old has been jailed for two and a half years.

Monika Rachael Kelly, 21, appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning for sentencing after pleading guilty to a representative charge of sexually exploiting the teenager.

Kelly was a 19-year-old solo mother when she set up a profile for the 14-year-old on a smartphone app used by prostitutes.

She prostituted the teenager four times in 2017; driving her to hotels in downtown Auckland and accepting payments.

This morning, Justice Downs said he accepted Kelly was under financial pressure but added few would resort to her offending.

The judge said he had read the victim impact statement in which Kelly's now 16-year-old victim said she had felt trapped and constantly put in places of extreme discomfort.

He said the offending was calculated, adding he was not persuaded Kelly was genuinely remorseful.

The 21-year-old, whose parents sat in the public gallery, cried as Justice Downs jailed her for two and a half years.


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