5 Aug 2008

Woman on trial for sexual exploitation of girls

3:14 pm on 5 August 2008

A Christchurch woman has been committed for trial in the High Court on charges that include sexually exploiting girls under the age of 18.

The 57-year-old, whose name is suppressed, faces eight charges including facilitating two girls under 18 to provide sexual services and then receiving payment derived from those services.

She is also accused of entering into dealings for the purpose of sexually exploiting the two girls.

The charges relate to two periods between September 2006 and November 2007 when the girls were aged 16 and 17.

Justices of the Peace delivered a reserved decision on Tuesday, committing the accused to trial in the High Court in Christchurch.

The accused has been remanded on bail for a pre-trial conference next month.