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YOUNG GIRL'S -AREBOUGHT ANDOLD LIKE CATTLE
Los Angeles Court'Ihwestigation:Discloses"-SaleJof Girls "by Parents
for from $100 tp;$50kEach--FactsBrought to Light by Young
'- Russian Girl WhpVFled;$o Horneuof-Her Sweetheart, Refusing
to Let Her Fatherr;Sell Her'forA$SOO:tolaMan She Didn't Love.
Elsa Navikofly who says Tier father wanted'to sell her for $500.
Los Angeles, "Jan. 25.' Russian
parents in this city sell their
daughters into marriage for from
$100 to $500, according to' Elsa
Navikoff, a 16-year-old Russian'
girl who fled to the 'home of her
American sweetheart, Ray Hal
lack, a sailor. - '
She was arrested and at. her
trial it was broughCout that girls
were practically soldinto slavery i
by their parents to men" they had
.-After the stonds-had 'been -told
in court by grey-bearded Rus
sians through an interpreter,
Judge" Wilbur decided that the
girl be held as a charge of the
court till she became of age.
Jiidge .Wilbur said :
"The evidence undoubtedly dis
closes'' that deplorable conditions
eAist in- the Russian colony.
Many girls are married under the
age of 16, the legal age, and many
so-called marriages are perform
ed without the necessary license.
Su'ch'uriions are unlawful and are