FOR many people, the thought of going to jail is terrifying. But for Madeleine Joan Manthey it was her only way out.
As the sad details of the Gladstone woman's methamphetamine addiction were relayed to the Rockhampton District Court on Wednesday, her mother sobbed quietly in the public gallery.
Two years ago the 19-year-old was planning to go to university.
But a break-up, a party and a bad decision saw her develop a debilitating meth habit - one that was paid for in sexual favours.
Unfortunately her story is not unique. It is just one example of how central Queensland's insidious underground drug trade is ruining lives.
Defence barrister Tom Polley told the court Manthey was asked to "entertain" a 49-year-old addict as he completed a cook in August last year.
Her payment was a small cut of the product.
"She was there to keep him awake," Mr Polley said.
But the pair got caught.
Mr Polley said his client was "thrilled to be arrested".
"At the time she could see no other way of getting out," he said.
Mr Polley said at the time of her arrest Manthey weighed just 45kg.
"In hindsight, she says 'what was I thinking?'," Mr Polley told the court. "She doesn't want anything to do with that lifestyle anymore."
He told the court Manthey had been clean for the past two months and looked forward to reuniting with her mother.
Manthey pleaded guilty to three counts of producing a dangerous drug.
Justice Duncan McMeekin said it was clear she was just a party to the offence.
"Where you go from here is up to you," he said.
He sentenced her to six months jail with immediate parole. However, she remains in custody for other offences.
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