14-year-old sells his mother's jewels to pay for brothel

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By: Shifra Unger 

A teen boy sold his mother’s jewels so he can pay for a brothel visit, according to reports.

The German teenager, 14-years-old, took jewelry worth between 2,000 and 3,000 euros or $2,500 to $3,800 from his mother and sold them for 300 euros or about 380 U.S. dollars, to finance two trips to a brothel for him and a friend, German police said on Wednesday.

Karlsruhe police spokesperson Ralf Minet said that the mother is pressing theft charges against her son, who admitted he pawned the jewelry to pay for prostitutes.

"We do not know what the reasons are for the mother to press charges," Minet said. "Maybe she wants to teach him a lesson or she may feel that she had lost control," he added.

Police are also investigating the brothel that the boys said they visited. Prostitution is legal in Germany, but guests must be over 18-years-old.

The brothel operator told police that they had sent the boys away because they were minors. The police do not know how the boys managed to reach the prostitutes.