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Greece issues appeal over abducted 4-year-old girl in Roma camp

By Katerina Nikolas     Oct 19, 2013 in World
Greece has launched an international appeal to identify a four-year-old girl found at a Roma camp in Farsala. Police have determined the blond, blue-eyed child was abducted in 2009.
Newsit reported police discovered the child locked in a room during an inspection of the Roma camp. A Roma woman, 40, and man, 39, claimed she was their daughter, but suspicions were raised as the child stood out and bore no resemblance to the couple. DNA testing proved the child was not biologically related to the couple.
The girl, Maria, is being taken care of by the charity A Child's Smile. To Vima reported the gypsy couple, who had managed to obtain a birth certificate for the child, have been charged with unlawful detention and making false statements.
According to Ekathimerini police believe the arrested couple were involved in child trafficking. The couple were claiming child benefit for 14 children, six of whom were apparently given birth to within a 10-month period. Police also found firearms and drugs at the Roma camp.
Panayiotis Tzavaras of the Greek police said of the child: "Her features suggest that she might be from an eastern or northern (European) country." Interpol are assisting with the appeal.
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