In a social-media development causing an uproar, an 8-year-old Instagram star is dating a 13-year-old “influencer” with her mother’s approval.
The girl, Milana Makhanets of Ukraine, has more than half-a-million followers on Instagram and nearly 7 million on the Singaporean video-sharing app Likee, Russia Today reported
One critic, in a widely shared post on Facebook, said the mother apparently “doesn’t realize that the lion’s share of views come from pedophiles.”
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The scandal has been going on for some time. Previously, the mother, Darya Makhanets, who runs her daughter’s social media accounts, posted disturbing photos of the child with the teenager.
One image, now deleted, showed the girl in her underwear brushing her teeth. Another showed the two in bed together.
The boy, Pasha Pai, has 50,000 followers on Instagram.
Russia Today reported the girl said on social media, “Pasha and I are now a couple.”
The mother pushed back against critics.
“This is their life, and they will figure it out on their own,” she said.
Gerda Weber of Kiev, according to Russia Today, wrote on Facebook: “Mila’s mom Darya has trouble with her head. She sexualizes her own child for money. In addition to the squealing children in the comments, Darya doesn’t realize that the lion’s share of views come from pedophiles.”
The report said a social-media post from a lawyer charged the mother “made a seductive woman out of an eight-year-old girl for perverts.”
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