Mystery girl found at Roma camp
Identity unknown of 5-year-old discovered hiding under blankets at camp.
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An international appeal has been dispatched as police search for the identity of a five-year-old girl discovered hiding under a blanket at a Roma camp in Greece, reports the BBC.

Benefits scam?

During a raid in search of weapons and drugs, police found the girl and became suspicious as the child has blue eyes and blonde hair, unlike the couple with whom she was staying.

The couple has allegedly registered different numbers of children with different agencies, with the woman having claimed to have ‘given birth to six children within a 10 month period.’

DNA tests revealed that the child is not related to the couple, leading to speculation that she may have ended up with them after being informally given up by a new mother or that she was even abducted from a hospital. Neighbours have allegedly told the Mail Online that the child may have been sold to the couple for as little as £850 (R13,500). The couple claim that they took the child in after she was abandoned by her mother, but they may still face abduction charges rather than the lesser charge of illegal adoption.

The international call for leads in the case has led to thousands of calls.

Police say that the child initially appeared neglected but that her condition has since improved now that she is in care.

Lawyers for the couple claim that they had allegedly taken the child in as a charitable act, despite allegations that they are serial abusers of the welfare system.

How to prevent child abductions:

12 facts on child abductions

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It is illegal to sell a child in SA or to participate in child trafficking.

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