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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A homeless couple are both behind bars for forcing their 7-year-old daughter to perform sex acts, pickpocket, panhandle in heels and attend “secret parties” in exchange for drugs and money.

The girl and her 8-year-old brother, who went to the same school, would often show up unkempt or would fall asleep during class. The school was aware that the parents, Teri Lee Sanchez and James Stewart Sr, 37, were known to be occasionally homeless.

In November of last year, the girl’s teacher noticed she was, “excessively unkempt and smelled of urine.”  She lead her into the bathroom to put her in fresh clothing and clean her up. It was at this point when she noticed dried blood in her panties. The teacher informed the school principal and made contact with Albuquerque police and the Children, Youth and Families Department, and made a report to each.

Both the principle and teacher noted an additional incident where the girl was dropped off at school in an unfamiliar vehicle wearing high heels and appeared to have had her hair, and makeup professionally done. In their words, they described her as being made up, “overtly sexually provocative and age-inappropriate.”

Special agents with the Office of the Attorney General went to the last known residence for the couple and informed the family had not been there for two weeks. Both children were listed on the missing and endangered persons database and subsequently located with their mother, Terri Lee Sanchez.

It was during an interview with the children that investigators learned that the children ate infrequently and when they did it consisted of beans with ketchup.  They also learned that the girl’s father would force her to touch the genitals of men and women she described as “dad’s friends” and that she, “did not enjoy performing these acts and was scared someone would touch her parts.” Stewart would receive, “weed and pipes and other stuff” in exchange.

The girl also told investigators her mother would take her to “hustle” alone while dressed up in high-heeled shoes and makeup. She was forced to go with her mother to “special parties” where she was left alone while her mom became inebriated. The “secret parties” turned out to be the strip club where Sanchez worked as a dancer. The report also alleges that the father encouraged her to pickpocket because it was easy for her to do since her hands were so small.

Stewart was arrested and is charged with human trafficking, criminal sexual contact of a minor, abuse of a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and promoting prostitution.

Sanchez was arrested on child abuse charges and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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