Police in the southern Indian state of Kerala have arrested the mother and stepfather of a teenage girl for allegedly forcing her into the sex trade for two years.

The 13-year-old has been rescued and taken to a state-run shelter home.

According to BBC News, the girl told counselors that her parents would solicit customers and force her to have sex with the men.

Her mother reportedly told a news channel that she would charge 3,000 rupees the equivalent of 47 US dollars from a customer for her daughter.

Police said they had identified 25 of the 40 customers who had allegedly paid for sex with the teenager. Ten others, including a broker, have also been arrested in connection with the case.

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