Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Moroccan girl kidnapped in Barcelona found in Bolivian rainforest

Seven months ago, a nine-year-old girl went missing from Hospitalet de Llobregat, close to Barcelona.  She has now been rescued deep in the heart of Bolivia's Amazon rainforest.

The girl went missing in August 2013 after her Moroccan parents, who also have two other children, allowed Bolivian neighbors and friends to take her on holiday with them. When the parents were unable to contact the couple several days after they landed in Bolivia, they became concerned and got in touch with local police.

Catalonia's Mossos d'Esquadra worked together with Spain's Civil Guard to solve the mystery.  Officials contacted authorities in Bolivia to try and find out where the girl and her captors were located.

Eventually, seven months later, police have found the couple in a remote area of Bolivia’s Cochabamba region.  Reportedly the area is so remote, it is barely reachable by car.  The child was transferred to Cochabamba city where she is currently undergoing medical and psychological examinations before traveling back to Spain, accompanied by two police officers.

The alleged kidnapper, Grover Morales, 35, is facing charges of human trafficking, sexual abuse and criminal association in Bolivia.

Spanish sources: 

La Vanguardia
ABC