As the saying goes, you need a license to fish but having a child has no requirements. California’s WTOP reports on this bizarre case of alleged bad parenting. Police said a 36-year-old Greenfield man arranged to sell his 14-year-old daughter into marriage for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat.
Seems he got arrested before he could throw the obligatory “I Just Sold My Teenage Daughter for Alcohol and Beef” Barbecue Event. It gets worse. Police found out about the case when the hubby-to-be reneged on the deal. The daddy then went to the police to see about getting his daughter back. Sigh. I cannot even begin to imagine how that conversation went.
I want to file a complaint about my daughter being gone. Was she kidnapped, sir? No, no. I sold her but the guy didn’t pay up so now I’m gonna need to repossess her, I guess.
I’m afraid there’s more. Police say arranged marriages in this small farming community have become a big problem. No word on whether a couple pounds of spare ribs were involved in any of the other marriages. Police arrested an 18-year-old man for statutory rape in connection with this case. They think the girl went with him willingly but as she’s under the legal age of consent in California, she can’t get married.
Um, Becky? What’s goin’ on over there in California?
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