Romanian Dad Busted Selling 13yo Daughter Off As Bride

Story ByJoseph GolderSub Editor: Michael Leidig, AgencyCEN

An abusive Romanian dad has been busted for trying to sell his 13-year-old daughter off to be married in Austria as a child bride after doing the same to his eldest girl for 12,500 EUR.

Shortly before the wedding was to go ahead, the young girl, named only as A. in reports due to local privacy laws, escaped and went to a police station in Linz after her 43-year-old father tried to marry her off to a 12-year-old boy from Frankfurt in Germany.

The ‘wedding’, which is illegal in Austria where the age for marrying is 16 if parents approve, was set to take place in April.

She reportedly told cops that she never wanted to go home ever again. 

She is also said to have told police that her older sister had also been married off when she was a child and her dad is said to made 12,500 EUR (10,800 GBP) out of the deal.

It is unclear if the girl’s father has been remanded in custody but he faces up to five years in prison if he is found guilty. It is unclear how old the eldest daughter was when he allegedly sold her off.

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Joseph Golder

I am a journalist and currently work as the chief subeditor at Central European News.

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