LA PAZ Ė A court in Bolivia imposed a 17-year prison sentence on a Bolivian who abducted a 9-nine-year Moroccan girl from Spain and held her prisoner in this Andean nation.
The court in the central Bolivian province of Cochabamba found Grover Morales guilty of human trafficking and sexual abuse.
The case, which had a major impact in Spain, came to light last March when a joint operation by Bolivian and Spanish law enforcement agencies rescued the child after seven months of captivity in dire conditions in a jungle area in central Bolivia.
The girl, Nada I., flown to Bolivia in August 2013 with Morales, who lived next door to her family near Barcelona.
After apparently giving Morales permission to take the girl on a trip, the parents contacted Spanish police when they didnít hear from Nada or Morales for several days.
According to authorities, after their arrival in Bolivia, Morales introduced the girl as his wife and forced her to work at coca fields and produce markets in the El Chapare region.
The minor was also forced to walk long distances in the jungle as her kidnapper fled the police.
On March 8, Spanish and Bolivian police rescued the girl, who returned to Spain one week later.
On her arrival, Nada was placed in a government-run shelter after a judge charged her parents with negligence.