A Mexican illegal alien in Greenfield, California, arranged to sell his 14-year-old daughter to a neighbor for cash and beer. Was he not aware that slavery is illegal in America?
And when Macelino de Jesus Martinez did not receive payment, he went to the police to complain. Apparently local Mexicans can forget that they no longer live in the dear homeland, though in some areas of society, American law still prevails. [Father Accused Of Selling Daughter For Beer, KSBW, Jan 12, 2009]
A father is accused of trying to sell his 14-year-old daughter for marriage in hopes of getting money and 150 cases of beer in return, Greenfield police said.Local reporting from KION included remarks of a police officer who said that he had heard of "girls as young as 12 or 10, buyers in their 50s or 60s." Mexican piggyman behavior is not new to Greenfield. In 2001, the INS was brought in to stop a disturbing case where girls were subjected to daily sexual harassment as they walked home from school: Mass INS Arrests Upset Farm Town [San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2001]
Macelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, was arrested Monday on suspicion of trying to arrange to have his daughter marry Margarito de Jesus Galindo, 18, for $16,000, 100 cases of Corona, 50 cases of Modelo beer, several cases of meat, two cases of wine, 50 cases of Gatorade and 50 cases of soft drinks, authorities said.
The girl moved in with Galindo and when payments were not received, her father called police to get his daughter back.
Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier told KSBW Action News 8 that both Martinez and Galindo, who are immigrants from Mexico, face the possibility of being deported as illegal immigrants.
Grebmeier also said that both men didnâ€™t fully understand that what they were doing was wrong.
Also, the girl told police that she willingly moved in with Galindo.
Arranged marriages are common in the section of Mexico where both Galindo and Martinez are from. [Ed: Oaxaca]
But California law prohibits arranged marriage where one or both of the parties have been coerced.
After an undercover operation begun several weeks ago, INS agents arrested 21 men outside a downtown pool hall on Friday afternoon, and 18 more in a nearby apartment building.So it goes in Mexifornia, where the arc of history now bends toward the reversal of progress.
The first group of men, according to the INS, were "observed harassing, touching and shouting lewd remarks at schoolgirls just out of class" at four nearby schools — Greenfield and Oak Avenue elementary schools, Vista Verde Middle School and Greenfield High School.
The second group was arrested after a complaint was registered by a Greenfield schoolgirl, said INS spokeswoman Sharon Rummery. She said the alleged incidents were observed over several weeks.
The girls involved were between 5 and 18, Rummery said. The men arrested were aged 17 to 55.