26 June 2016
A look at Bulgaria's "bride's market"
Every year young Roma women attend "bride markets" with the intention of getting married to the highest bidder. "If you have gold jewelry and shoes that match your dress... the better family we come from, the higher price we get." The average bride price is about USD$300-350. "But it's more like massive speed-dating than the forced marriage market that the media reports."
Before going all judgemental, it's worth reflecting that brides have been "sold" by their families for centuries across many cultures. This is a long watch (20 minutes) but I think worthwhile - very well done, and narrated with insight and empathy.