Two soccer stars face probe on sex with a minor
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A probe into an alleged under-age prostitution den placed international soccer players Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema into detention by French police on Tuesday.
Twenty seven-year old Ribery and 22-year old Benzema allegedly solicited and paid for sex with a minor at a Champs Elysees nightclub. According to a source, the nightclub allegedly provides clients an access to minors working as call girls.
Zahia Dehar, the young woman who claims to have been paid for her sexual encounters with Ribery in 2009 and with Benzema in 2008 when she was still a minor, have already testified to authorities earlier this year.
Ribery, midfielder for team France has confirmed to investigators that he indeed had sex with the said young woman but insisted that he did not know she was a minor.
However, Real Madrid striker Benzema, has not commented publicly on the said allegations.
If such allegations are proven to be true, both Ribery and Benzema will be charged and convicted of soliciting and paying for sex with a minor. Both will face three years in jail and will be fined 45,000 euros (58,000 US dollars) if proven that they knew the woman was under-age.