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Daughter Sold to Settle Gambling Debt

10 May 2004

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the UK Guardian: "Attempts are being made to prevent the flight to Bangladesh of a teenage girl allegedly committed to marriage by her father in exchange for a £15,000 settlement of his gambling debts.

"The 15-year-old girl has contacted West Yorkshire police and social services in an attempt to avoid the private arrangement, although it does not appear to contravene any specific British law.

"Urgent calls for a change in legislation to cope with the situation were made yesterday by Ann Cryer, the Labour MP for Keighley, who has also been asked to help the distraught teenager.

"…She said the girl's father had run up gambling debts to the same amount agreed as a settlement with an acquaintance in Bangladesh to whom the daughter was now contracted in marriage…"

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