The Roma gypsy parents of the so-called “blonde angel” are denying all of the charges related to human trafficking and instead say they are suffering under bigotry against the Romani people.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the blonde angel called Maria was discovered by police during a drug sting in a Roma gypsy camp.
The police claimed the blonde angel must be a victim of child sex trafficking ring, mostly because of her pale complexion being so different from her Roma gypsy parents, who are noticeably darker skinned. A DNA test comparing Maria with her Roma gypsy family confirmed they are not her biological parents, but they claim they haven’t done anything wrong.
Constantinos Katsavos, one of the lawyers representing the Roma gypsy parents named Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, claims the blonde angel’s biological mother willingly gave her to them as a baby because she could not look after her:
“It was an adoption that was not exactly legal but took place with the mother’s consent.”
The story of how Maria came to be with the Roma has multiple versions, but none of them have indicated kidnapping.
The Roma gypsy groups, or the Romani people, are an ethnic group who trace their origin to the Indian Subcontinent. They have been dispersed throughout the world and can be found throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and even the United States and Brazil. They are well-known for not settling in one place and traveling the world. For example, French police moved into clear out a Roma gypsy settlement, only to find that ninety families had slipped away quietly in the night.
The Roma gypsy people are also infamous for allegedly abducting children. A local in Athens claims “the Roma use their children — they hit them, they force them to beg. They must all be investigated.”
Andreas Hieronymus, a researcher at the European Network Against Racism, says this legend is mere bigotry:
“The allegation that Roma steal children is a long-lasting myth about the Roma minority.”