The family claim she was brought to them by her birth mother, who was unable to care for her. They should have gone to the authorities, but if they wanted a daughter, why would they? They wouldn’t get to keep her, and who knows how she’d be treated? They have probably experienced only hostility and harsh treatment in interactions with police etc
One illegal adoption =/= child trafficking. Maria was living with the family as their child. Another girl in the camp told the cameras she missed her playmate. Sky showed a video of her toddling cheerfully around with a happy woman, encouraging her to look at the camera. Nothing suggests an organised system of abduction. But maybe simply being nomadic is ‘trafficking’ when a white child is Travelling with Roma people…
People often tell me stories of ‘antisocial behaviour’ by Gypsy/Roma/Traveller people to justify their racist views. As far as I’m concerned, this is a form of victim blaming. If you exclude someone from education, you can’t complain that they are uneducated. If you exclude them from employment, you can’t call them work-shy.
@RoseAnnaStar CHILD LOOKS TOO BLONDE AND PRETTY TO BE ROMANY. OBVS KIDNAPPED.
Gypsies ‘stealing’ children is the stuff of folk tale, as is ‘running away with the Gypsies’. The reporting of this story has imagination running way ahead of evidence, and it has stimulated a fresh tide of anti-GRT rhetoric. Even if it turns out to be a ‘child trafficking ring’ there’s no excuse for racism.