The greek police had great surprise while searching through a Roma camp. They were originally looking to search for drugs and weapons, as part of an illegal crackdown activity. During the operation the prosecutor saw something standing out. This was a blonde blue-eyed little girl.
Maria was her name and was around four years old. the officials said on Friday that she didn’t look like the couple she was living with. DNA tests proved that she didn’t belong to the couple. And further inspections raised more suspicions.
As the Greek officials try to find her true identity and whether the couple were linked to a trafficking rings, experts are using the case to point out the severe weakness in the country’s birth registration system.
The Greek police have asked for assistance from Interpol in helping find the childs real family. A charity said it has sought the same assistance from the international groups for missing or abused children.
Until just five months ago there was no central register. And even now births declared in different municipalities before early May 2013 are not cross-checked on a national basis.Maria had been registered in Athens, from where the couple had obtained a birth certificate.
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