GREENFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police have arrested a Greenfield man
for allegedly arranging to sell his 14-year-old daughter into
marriage in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several
cases of meat.
Police say they only learned of the deal after 36-year-old
Marcelino de Jesus Martinez went to them to get his daughter back
because payment wasn't made as promised.
Martinez was arrested Sunday on suspicion of human trafficking.
Officers also arrested 18-year-old Margarito de Jesus Galindo on
suspicion of statutory rape. Investigators believe the girl went
willingly with Galindo, 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.
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