A local husband and his wife have been arrested by the Palestinian Authority police on charges of selling their two daughters to young men.
The two girls, aged 12 and 13, were sold for 2,700 Jordanian dinars [approximately NIS 15,000] and NIS 7,000, said Col. Issa Hijo, commander of the Ramallah District Police Force.
He said the two men who bought the girls were brothers aged 23 and 25 and that they had been arrested on charges of raping minors.
“What is astonishing about this case is the fact that the two girls were sold with the approval of their mother and the parents of the two men,” Hijo said. “This incident takes us back to the period of slavery. What is even more shocking is the fact that the two men’s mother argued that this was an accepted custom.”