EVERETT, Wash. -- A Snohomish County woman is accused of sex-trafficking her own teen-age daughter, and relatives say it all started when the girl was just 11 years old.
Deputies recently arrested 44-year-old Jennifer Lee Wilson for investigation of promoting sexual abuse of a minor. Detectives tracked the teen through Internet ads last year to motels in Everett, Edmonds and Fife when she was 15 years old.
The case started last February with detectives conducting a standard search through backpage.com. A special investigative unit detective found an ad that set off "a red flag." It was advertising an 18-year-old escort with pictures of a very young-looking woman.
The detective tracked the numbers through to the would-be escort's Facebook page and discovered the girl was just 15; she turned 16 last September.
And then through text records the detective discovered the girl's mother, Wilson, was allegedly involved. The teen recently told a detective that she gave her mother about $2,000 from her earnings as a prostitute.
"It appeared that there was a relative to the victim who was actually setting up some of the transactions that were taking place," Ireton said.
Court records said that, "... texts revealed Jennifer giving her daughter instruction for acts of prostitution." The detective also talked to the daughter's substance-abuse counselor who said that, "...her mother would drive her places to meet some of her male customers."