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Incestuous father jailed in Australia

A man was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for sexually abusing his teenaged daughter and forcing her into prostitution.

world Updated: Jun 09, 2010 09:52 IST

A man was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for sexually abusing his teenaged daughter and forcing her into prostitution.

The 58-year-old man pleaded guilty to six counts, including two of incest and one of having sexual relationship with a child under 16.

The Kilmore father, who cannot be identified to protect his now 26-year-old daughter's identity, had grossly breached the trust of his daughter, who was especially vulnerable "because of her desire to be loved by you", a Victorian County Court judge said.

"The harm caused to her is profound and seriously eroded her prospects of a normal life," the judge said while sentencing him on Tuesday.

The man began abusing the victim when she was nine years old. He clicked her photos while she wore underwear and as she showered, the court heard.

When she was 11, he began touching her and verbally abusing her. At 13, she was raped by a boarder at her mother's house. When the daughter, who had a mild intellectual disability, complained to her father, he repeatedly molested her and bribed her with cash each time, The Age reported.

When she was 16, her father told her that if she wanted to make "some quick cash", she should have sex with his truckie mates; he twice filmed it and once said: "I think I'll have go".

The court said the father's offence was premeditated and deliberate, and his behaviour had a corrupting influence on his daughter.

"There is no real explanation for your behaviour other than that you were prepared to sexually exploit a vulnerable young person for your own sexual gratification," the court said and rejected the man's mitigation that he abused his daughter because he had been a victim of sexual abuse from his mother.