Oz man who pimped 12-year-old girl jailed for 10 years

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Melbourne, Mar 25 (ANI): An Australian man, who admitted to pimping a 12-year-old girl to have sex with 100 men, has been sentenced to jail for 10 years.

Gary John Devine, 51, of Glenorchy, who admitted to selling the girl for sex over a four week period in August and September last year, will have to serve at least eight years of the sentence before he can apply for parole.

Justice Peter Evans said it was the first time a Tasmanian court has dealt with crimes of this nature.

"I have paid some regard to the sort of sentence that a conviction for instigating the multiple rape of a child would attract," the Mercury quoted Justice Evans as saying.

"Whilst lack of consent is a significant point of difference between the crime of rape and the conduct in question, the starkness of that difference is diminished when the victim is a 12-year-old," he said.

Devine pleaded guilty to procuring unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person, permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with a young person on premises, being a commercial operator of a sexual services business and receiving a fee derived directly from sexual services provided by a child in a sexual services business.

Justice Evans said the girl has been spurned by former friends and no longer attends school, participating instead in distance education.

"Experience suggests that in the course of time she may suffer from psychiatric problems that can be attributed to the abuse she has suffered," Justice Evans added. (ANI)

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