Man accused of selling teen daughter for cash, food and beer

January 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — We hear of these child trafficking stories in 3rd world countries and with drug addicts. In this case though Police have arrested a Greenfield California man Macelino de Jesus Martinez, for allegedly selling his 14-year-old daughter into marriage for cash, food and drink.

The unnamed 36-year-old man sold his daughter off in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat. The man went to the police himself to get help retrieving his daughter because payment wasn’t made as promised. He was promptly arrested Sunday on suspicion of human trafficking.

Officers than arrested an 18-year-old man who bought the girl on suspicion of statutory rape. Investigators believe the girl went willingly with the man, but she’s under California’s legal age of consent and can’t legally marry.

Police say arranged marriages involving underage girls have become a problem in this small Central Coast farming community, which has seen a massive influx of immigrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca.


One Response to “Man accused of selling teen daughter for cash, food and beer”

  1. Abril on January 13th, 2009 7:12 pm

    I am from down town Oaxaca. I met an indigenous woman who got married when she was 12 years-old by her parents arrangement. I wonder if the money in this case was for the man to keep or to make a honorable wedding ceremony for her daughter (as it is accostumed in Oaxaca). People in this state spend a lot of money on weddings or on the celebration of the Saint of the town where they live. Weddings last as long as a week, a lot of people in the town is invited. Dozens of people come and help the family with their work or others purchase the goods. Those sponsors are called “Padrinos” . Padrinos buy things that are going to be needed for the event such as the wine, sodas, beer, cake, mole, mezcal, there are lots of padrinos. The voluntary action is called Guelaguetza.

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