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A woman accused of prostituting her 15-year-old daughter to help pay off a $5,000 debt is on trial this week in a Montgomery County courtroom.

The mother is charged with a total of 11 crimes, including rape, child abuse, prostitution, human trafficking, and other charges. The Gazette is not naming the woman to protect the identity of the victim, her daughter.

The case dates back to March, when police arrested the woman and Bejarni Rivas, 45, of Irish Court in Gaithersburg.

According to police, abuse occurred from December 2012 through March 2013 and many of the acts took place at the Georgian Colonies Club House in Silver Spring.

Arrest records say Rivas raped the girl, now 15, in a male changing room, then gave her $100.

The girl’s mother, 41, from Germantown, ordered her daughter to have sex with Rivas even after the girl begged her not to, telling her in one instance, “I’ve done a lot of bad things to make you have a good life. Go with him,” according to the charging documents.

When the victim’s mother was arrested, the woman told police she had left the girl alone with Rivas for only about 10 minutes, the documents said.

Rivas is charged with 13 counts of rape, sexual abuse, and other charges.

Esteban Gergely, Rivas’ attorney, could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Rivas has a trial scheduled for next month.

sjbsmith@gazette.net