Y.A. was sentenced to 24 years in prison. DHA photo
A court in the southern province of Antalya
sentenced a father to seven years in jail today for selling his pre-teen daughter to a businessman.
The father, only identified by his initials O.Y., received 5,000 Turkish Liras after signing a contract with 54-year-old businessman Y.A., which stated clearly that he had sold his 12-year-old daughter and was paid the money “in advance."
The court sentenced the father to seven years and nine months in prison while the businessman received a prison term of 24 years.
The scandal was revealed when the daughter informed her teacher at school that she had been taken to a hotel and raped by the man who had “bought” her from her father. The teacher immediately passed the information onto local police. A judicial case, however, did not begin because police were unable to locate the businessman for six years.