Inside the Roma bride market

Scores of young Roma women have been paraded before potential suitors at a Bulgarian ‘bride market’ where poor families are given the chance to arrange financially beneficial marriages for their children.

Here the potential brides are provocatively dressed, donning gobs of mascara and wearing flashy jewellery, towering heels and mini-skirts.

And surrounding them in the car boot-like sale event are young men whose family hope to find them a wife at a good cost.

  • BillyHW

    Nice try Gypsies. This is quite a clever scheme to convince the world you’re total failures at humanity, but “Palestinians” have the world’s most worthless creatures title locked up. Maybe you and Yemen can try for a consolation prize or something.

  • Xavier

    Who are we to judge their culture? They aren’t harming anyone, the girls aren’t being forced into marriage, and the parents oversee the entire event. I think it’s great.

    Besides, it’s the Wail and they’ve been know to run – shall we say – “misleading” articles before, but then Europe’s hatred for Gypsies is second only to their hatred for Jews. This is probably the equivalent of a high school dance in the West – a chance for kids to interact and flirt a bit while chaperoned. Contrast and compare with Soddy Arabia or Pock-ees-taan.

  • Brett_McS

    Has all her own teeth!

  • Sharkibark

    I don’t think it’s a custom we necessarily want to emulate and the makeup it a bit overblown for my taste, but I think Xavier is probably right – the girls generally look happy and there does seem to be choice for both the girls and the boys. Not to say there aren’t problems in the Roma community – but they don’t really look much different than the throngs of western teenagers socializing at a dance or at the mall or at the movies.

  • lolwut?

    MY EYES!!!!!!

  • G

    Whoa! What a troglodyte!

    BCF! You owe us 2 Alizee videos for that!

  • ntt1

    this was reported on last year too, it seems harmless and the participants quite willing .
    as long as the gypsies keep their crap to themselves who cares?. just keep them moving.