For more than a year and a half, three people accused of being members of a Hungarian crime family eluded authorities as their alleged associates were rounded up, prosecuted and convicted of running the largest human trafficking ring in Canadian history.
The mystery is solved -- but the future of the young girl known only as Maria is still uncertain.
DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple living in an impoverished village with their nine other children are the biological parents of the girl found in Greece with another Roma couple, authorities said Friday.
The “migration habits” of many Roma people and the problem in the community internationally of organised theft and begging gangs made them susceptible to human trafficking for exploitation purposes, a senior Irish Interpol officer has said.
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top court has ordered an urgent investigation into birth certificates issued across the country in the past six years after a blonde girl was found with a Roma couple who had falsely registered her as their own.
Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:15 am
The Roma are a people often ridiculed and referenced in legend. Most people have little-to-no experience with these people beyond knowing them as gypsies or travelers.
LARISSA, Greece - A Roma couple accused of abducting a mystery four-year-old girl dubbed the "blonde angel" by Greek media told a court on Monday that her biological mother willingly gave her to them as a baby because she could not look after her.