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Vic pimp who made teen do sex work jailed

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016

A Victorian man who forced his teenage girlfriend into sex work so he could support his ex-wife and two children has been jailed.

Glen Jeffries, 42, acted as the 16-year-old's pimp, and would stand guard outside hotel rooms while the teen performed sex acts on clients he had arranged.

After she collapsed and had to be hospitalised he contacted a 13-year-old girl on Facebook and tried to convince her to come to Ballarat to earn money as an escort.

When he was interviewed by police, the former concreter said passing on messages about sex work was the only way he could earn an income.

He pleaded guilty to three charges, including causing a child to work as a sex worker and attempting to procure a 13-year-old girl for sex services.

In jailing him for two and a half years on Wednesday, Victorian County Court Judge Meryl Sexton said he had offended against a vulnerable teen for his own benefit.

It was also clear he was willing to facilitate sex between an adult and a 13-year-old, she said.

"You sought to corrupt a 13-year-old in a most depraved way," Judge Sexton told Jeffries, who she ordered to serve at least 16 months before being eligible for parole.

"You did so in order to obtain money for your own benefit."

Jeffries had lost his job not long after the 16-year-old victim moved in with him after he approached her on Facebook.

The vulnerable teen was initially willing to perform sex acts for money so they could buy food and pay rent.

When she told Jeffries she wanted to stop he said if she didn't continue working his ex-wife and children would "miss out".

In a victim impact statement tendered in court, the teen said Jeffries' actions had left her feeling scared, alone and anxious.

She never knew who was going to walk through the door and do things to her, she told the court.

"She feels her body and soul and life have been violated," Judge Sexton said.

As someone who was in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, she was already vulnerable, and continued to suffer, waking up screaming and unable to trust anyone, Judge Sexton said.

Jeffries pleaded guilty to three charges, including possessing child pornography.

If he is released on parole he will be subject to a two-year good behaviour bond as part of his sentence for the Commonwealth charge of possessing child pornography.

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