Culture in America is so fucked I don’t have any other words to describe it. And to think that the Amish are pure and un-tainted by deviancy and corruption.
This goes to show you, when religion organizes bad shit always happens.
On Thursday, police removed 12 girls, ranging in age from 6 months to 18 years, from the home of 51-year-old Lee Kaplan in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. One of the victims rescued was 14-year-old girl who was allegedly “gifted” to Kaplan by her parents. Another victim, 18, has two children with Kaplan, a a six-month-old and a 3-year-old.
Daniel Stoltzfus is the father of the 14-year-old who was “gifted” to Kaplan, apparently having done so for financial reasons. The girl’s father reportedly conducted an online search for ways to legally gift his own daughter to an older man before finalizing the transaction. “Stoltzfus is charged with conspiracy of statutory sexual assault and children endangerment,” reports AP. “His wife, Savilla Stoltzfus, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.”
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Stoltzfus family had previously been associated with the Amish community. After disagreements with the faith’s elders, the family filed a lawsuit against the church in 2009. It’s unclear if the “gifting” of their daughter was a religious ritual or merely a financial transaction.
Why was the wife given lesser charger? Is it because she was “forced” by her husband to allow the transaction to take place? Another reason among the many that women have no agency, and are not even close to being equal to men.