Mother pimped out a 14-year-old girl to older men for $350 a night using Seeking Arrangements dating app
- Mother Monika Kelly pimped out an underage girl for money using a dating app
- The teenage victim once earned $350 for one night at a hotel in Auckland, NZ
- Kelly has been sentenced to two and a half years behind bars for her crimes
A single mother has been found guilty of pimping out a vulnerable 14-year-old girl on the Seeking Arrangements dating app.
Monika Rachael Kelly, now aged 21, created a profile for the victim on the app and gave her the false age of 18 or 19.
Kelly was sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars by the High Court at Auckland on Friday morning, the NZ Herald reported.
Monika Rachael Kelly, now aged 21, (pictured) created a profile for the victim on the app and gave her the false age of 18 or 19
Kelly was sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars by the High Court at Auckland
The teenage girl became known to Kelly through a mutual friend, the court heard.
The teenage victim, now age 16, had run away from home and her life at the time was ‘messy’.
In her impact statement, the teenager said Kelly ‘took her in during a challenging time in her life and [was] exploiting her’.
The victim had sex with much older men for money four times at hotels in Auckland, once bringing in $350 for one night.
The victim noted she felt trapped and was constantly placed in extremely uncomfortable situations.
A police investigation began in July 2017, with court documents stating Kelly tried to prevent witnesses from providing evidence.
Crown prosecutor Ben Finn recognised Kelly never coerced or threatened the teenager but she was sometimes reluctant to participate.
Kelly’s lawyer Ron Mansfield said he was disappointed with the outcome and would seek to appeal the sentence.
Monika Rachael Kelly, now age 21, created a profile for the victim on the app and gave her the false age of 18 or 19