Colombian sells daughter for less than $200
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- A judge in the Colombian town of
Planeta Rica, or Rich Planet, angered local residents by freeing two men
who were jailed after one sold his teen-age daughter to the other for about
$200, a newspaper reported Friday.
A report in Bogota's El Espectador newspaper said the father of the girl,
Marcelino Perez, was arrested earlier this month along with the 61-year-old
man who purchased the girl.
The two were freed after a judge in Planeta Rica, in a rural area of northern
Cordoba province, ruled their detentions illegal.
The ruling, which outraged police and local townspeople, was based on the
fact that no formal complaint had been filed against the men, El Espectador
It quoted Perez's 13-year-old daughter, Luz Neida, as saying she knew she
had been sold into virtual slavery but that her father deemed the unusual
"business deal" as necessary to buy medicine for her ailing mother.
Luz Neida has been turned over to a family welfare institute, the newspaper
It said her sale had fetched Perez just 300,000 pesos ($193), slightly
than the going rate for a mule.