The charity in Greece looking after the mystery blonde girl found living with a Roma couple who are not her parents has criticised the country’s child registration system for being too lax.
Costas Giannopoulos, the director of “A Child’s Smile”, said the charity was shocked by how easy it was for people in Greece to register children as their own.
A statement by the City of Athens described as “extremely problematic and antiquated” a Greek law that allows people to register babies as their own based on one person’s declaration backed by two witnesses.
An international appeal has been launched to establish the girl’s identity after she was found last Wednesday at a Roma camp near Farsala in central Greece.
DNA tests proved the blonde girl was not the child of the couple she was living with.
A lawyer for the couple, who were arrested and face charges of abducting a minor, said they took her out of charity from a third party.