In a shocking and sad report, it’s claimed that the father of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali offered to sell his daughter for $300,000. Undercover reporters from the News of the World posed as a wealthy family from Dubai after receiving a tip-off, and met with Rubina’s father and uncle. Desperate to escape their poverty-stricken lives in the slums of Mumbai, in a country where child trafficking is not unusual, they allegedly discussed the illegal sale openly in a hotel.
“Yes, we are interested in securing our girl’s future. Rubina’s life is miserable and she lives here with her stepmother. Most of the time she stays with me because she is not happy at her parents’ home. Obviously if you wanted to adopt we could discuss this, but her parents would also expect some proper compensation in return… The child is special now. This is NOT an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child!” said her uncle Rajan Moore.
Today Rubina’s – who played Latika in the hit movie – father Rafiq denied offering to sell his daughter, and insisted he was meeting to discuss a film role. But it’s a stark reminder that even for the film’s stars, their reality just a few weeks after being the darlings of the Academy Awards, is more brutal than any of us can comprehend. [Photo: Getty Images]