In a heartwarming confirmation of the perseverence of the American entrepreneurial mind, a man in California has been arrested on human trafficking charges after selling off his 14-year-old daughter. The plan went south after the man called police to help collect on the non-payment of the debt incurred by the 18-year-old “purchaser.”
A man in California allegedly arranged to sell his 14-year-old daughter for $US16,000 ($24,200), 100 crates of beer and several cases of meat.
Authorities in the rural farming community of Greenfield, 225km southeast of San Francisco, said the 36-year-old Hispanic man sold the child to an 18-year-old man who was to marry the girl.
The case came to light after the parent complained to police that his daughter’s prospective husband had failed to pay him under the terms of their deal, which was brokered by a third party.
The man has been arrested on human trafficking charges while the 18-year-old has been booked for statutory rape. The child has been returned to the family.
Greenfield Police Department said there had been several cases where children had been sold or offered for sale, including one incident involving a 12-year-old.
“While each case is unique, the issues of arranged marriages involving minor females or the selling of minor females to older males have become a local problem,” it said.