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Response to moriah (Reply #15)

Fri Oct 25, 2013, 01:13 AM

22. But she's not too old to be sold for a child bride, which is the other

possibility the police are investigating.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2474417/Maria-groomed-child-bride-Roma-Gypsy-couple.html

Police now believe that Maria, who is thought to be four or five, was being prepared for marriage at the age of 12.

Her pale skin, near-white hair and blue eyes would have made her a ‘prize bride’ among the gipsy community.

She would have fetched Salis and Dimopoulou a large dowry, according to police sources.

Officers investigating the case believe the prospect of a bridal pay-off is why Maria had not yet been sold.

She was treated as an ‘investment’ to be nurtured and protected until she reached the traditional Roma ‘coming of age’ - usually at the age of 12.

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