Mother Faces Child Abuse, Prostitution Charges

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Osceola County say a mother solicited her three teen daughters for prostitution.

Jail records show 50-year-old Paula Howard was arrested and charged on Thursday with child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, deriving support from proceeds of prostitution, among other charges.

She’s being held on $36,000 bond. Jail records don’t list an attorney.

A sheriff’s office statement released Friday says deputies received information that Howard was soliciting her daughters — ages 16, 17, and 18 — for prostitution. When undercover deputies were at a bus stop Thursday afternoon in Kissimmee, Howard waved them down and motioned for her daughters to approach the car. Authorities say the girls offered sexual acts in exchange for money before getting into their vehicles.

The girls were placed into protective custody.

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