Roma father case
Court: Supreme Court of Cassation, V Criminal Section
Sentence date: 6 October 2010
Purpose of exploitation: Criminal activities by minors
Custody in prison and charges of enslavement for the Roma father who sold his underage daughter to people forcing her to steal. He "sold" his underage daughter for 200,000 Euros to a family who forced her to steal goods in apartments. The story that led to the arrest of appellant was brought to light through wiretaps which clearly showed that the child had been "trained" to steal. She was also threatened so that, if caught red-handed, she wouldn’t have told the Police Constables her slavery story, that is, she had been sold to do “something” that she had been compelled to by her parents since her childhood. The Supreme Judges have with this judgment endorsed the decision made by the Tribunal of Freedom (*) not to release her father who had tried to pass off the sum of money having ended up in his pockets as a dowry. Such an excuse did not pass the scrutiny by the judges of the Courthouse [in Rome]. They rightly stressed indeed that it is the father who has to give money or property to the bridegroom's family for the dowry and not conversely. The amount paid by the head of the family who had received the child was just the price established for selling a minor "being regarded as something that could be a subject of trade." Hence the serious charge of enslavement was made.
* Provincial court reviewing cases of people who have been imprisoned. It is empowered to order their release
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