Daddy, what's a prostitute?

The under-age prostitute who has been involved in a sex scandal that is apparently rocking French football has, as the tabloids like to put it, broken her silence about her encounter with Franck Ribery, saying that she was the Bayern Munich player’s ‘lovely little present’ for his 26th birthday.

Moroccan-born Zahia Dehar, from a strict Muslim family, says she was paid £1,500 and flown into Munich by Ribery while she was still only 16 years old after the France international – who is married to his childhood sweetheart Wahiba, the mother of his two children – saw her at a Paris nightclub.

Zahia was one of 18 girls arrested in a raid on the nightclub where she worked, Cafe Zaman on the Champs Elysee, over a child prostitution racket, and the row has turned the French public against Ribery, who is France’s star player. Sidney Govou, Karim Benzema, and Hatem Ben Arfa have also been implicated.

‘I was Ribery's birthday present. Franck approached me in a Paris club,’ said Zahia to Paris Match magazine. ‘He booked me and flew me to Munich to celebrate his 26th birthday. He made reservations at a luxury hotel in Munich. We had sex and he paid me. I was a lovely little present, wasn't I?

‘I have had encounters with all kinds of people from the worlds of sport and showbiz. They proposition me and I make myself available. But I have no pimp and I don't give the money I make to anyone. I only have paid sexual relations with people that I choose to. No one forces me to do anything and when I don't want to do something I don't.’

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