Ex-prostitute sues school for negligence

A young woman who became a prostitute as a young teenager is claiming €74,000 compensation from her school which she says failed to alert her parents to her truancy.

Maria Mosterd, who has written a best-selling book about her experiences, came under the influence of a teenage pimp in her first year of secondary school and worked as a prostitute for several years.
It was three years before the school alerted truancy officers to the fact the girl was rarely at school. Mosterd also claims teachers were aware she was in trouble and that girls from the school were working as prostitutes.
The education sector’s complaints board has already backed her claims and criticised the school in Zwolle for its poor policy on absenteeism and the lax approach of teaching staff.
‘We blame the school for not having a secure environment for pupils. This pimp came into the school grounds and sometimes even into the school itself,’ Mosterd’s lawyer Ernst Muller says in the Telegraaf.
The school has since begun giving lessons to help vulnerable girls avoid young pimps, known as loverboys in Dutch.

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