Man who helped pimp out girl jailed

A man who helped pimp out his partner's teenage daughter as a prostitute has been jailed for a minimum of two years and four months.

Avneesh Sehgal, along with the girl's mother, Kasmeer Lata, encouraged the then 15-year-old into sex with around a 1000 men, claiming if she didn't comply, the family would starve.

Lata was sentenced to six years in prison last month.

It all began when the victim was just 15 years old. In fact, her first client was on the day of her 15th birthday.

What followed were hundreds of other sexual encounters.

The victim got up to $200 for each client.

Half of the takings went to her mother and Sehgal, who arranged for her to travel all over Auckland to hotels and private homes.

Sehgal and Lata would advertise her in the newspaper and on the website, NZ Girls.

The High Court heard Sehgal made 73 payments to NZ Girls to advertise the victim with the working name Tipsy.

Natalie Walker the Crown Prosecutor said Sehgal was just as responsible as the victim's mother.

"He was an integral part of the offending and without him it would not have occurred."

He was arrested at the border trying to flee to India.

Justice Lang said the effects would stay with the victim forever.

"The offending has had a devastating effect on the victim... You were only one step away from the offending. You assisted the mother in her offending against her own daughter. And you must have known the gross breach of trust that was committed."

Despite being a permanent resident, once he has served his time he is likely to be deported to India.