According to a former policeman’s claims that Madeleine McCann could have been sold to a rich family after being abducted by slave traders. Lately, there have been rumors of the girl being spotted.
An ongoing theory might have been right:
This report comes around 10 years after the young girl, then 3 years old, was abducted while she was on holidays in Portugal with her family. The McCanns hired private detectives then who claimed that she was probably by a ferry into Africa.
Mauritanians gangs, located in West Africa, are known to abduct and sell young children to wealthy families from the Middle East.
Former Scotland Yard detective, Colin Sutton, gave an interview to the Mirror where he said: The Mauritania line is certainly a possibility and needs to be looked at. If someone wanted to get a three-year-old child into Africa it’s the obvious route. The infrastructure and contacts for people smuggling are clearly there.”
According to private detectives, Madeline was abducted and take to Mauritania through Morocco, as she had been allegedly seen there.
Whether or not the Mauritania theory has been investigated by police or not is still not known.
Four days after Madeleine disappeared, a traveler said to Crimestoppers that they saw a girl on the Tarifa-Tangier ferry.
According to the Mirror, a tourist allegedly saw a girl “identical” to Madeleine two days later at a petrol station with a man which was close to the Ibis hotel in Marrakech.
The couple, Spanish Mari Olli and her British husband Ray Pollard, both living in Spain didn’t make the connection until they returned home, as they hadn’t heard of her case at the time of the sighting.
Olli said that the young girl asked if she can see her “Mummy” soon and looked “sad” . She added that she was wearing blue pajamas.
Portuguese and UK authorities were alerted to the sighting, according to Olli. She also gave a statement to Scotland Yard and followed up on the matter with Leicestershire Police through email.
A year after Madeleine disappeared, Portuguese police files became public. They showed that British police emailed the Portugese officers with the information. However, Olli says they didn’t contacted her.
In her interview with the Mirror, Olli said: “I try not to think about what I could have done. The one thing I’m still convinced about is that it was Madeleine.”