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Mother-daughter prostitutes arrested

POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 10:56am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:22pm

Philadelphia police have arrested a mother-daughter pair accused of working together as prostitutes. Philadelphia Citywide Vice Unit officers said the two advertised and provided sex for clients they met on the Craigslist Web site.

Both mother Traci Young, 38, and daughter Tami Smith, 22, were escorted by police from their home on Thursday as a crowd of neighbors applauded. Young's boyfriend is also facing charges.

"It's a messed up world out there," Young said as she was led away in handcuffs. "We have to do this to get by."

Police Lt. Charles Green said the unit was able to get an undercover officer to pose as a customer. Police also said both women agreed to perform sex for $200.

"We answered the ad, made the appointment and we were successful in making the arrest," Green said.

Neighbors applauded when the women were brought out. They said they have been complaining to police for nearly a year, shortly after the two women rented the property.

Police said the women allegedly had sex with their customers on a mattress in the basement of the home. Smith's three children, ages 3 to 7, were discovered nearby with a baby-sitter.

They were taken into custody by the city's Department of Human Services.

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