Matthew and Grace Huang are being charged with starving their eight year old adopted daughter to death in Qatar in January. The Huangs are from California and moved to Qatar when Mr. Huang received a job opportunity for engineering for the World Cup. Their daughter, Gloria was born in Ghana, and they adopted her when she was four years old. They also have two other children that they adopted from Africa.
The prosecution alleges that the Huangs refused to give their daughter food and made her starve to death. They also argue that the Huangs locked their daughter in a room at night. Matthew and Grace contend that their daughter had strange eating habits. Gloria’s habits consisted of starving herself for a period of time, and then binging. The couple reason that Gloria was locked in her room at night in order to prevent her from excessive eating. The Huangs said that Gloria would search through the garbage for food and they wanted to make sure she did not do that while they were sleeping. Gloria’s medical records showed that she had a history of eating disorders.
Matthew and Grace Huang have been in a Qatar jail since January. They were released from custody in November, but are not allowed to return to the United States. If the Huangs are convicted of deliberately starving Gloria, they can be sentenced to death.
Government officials in Qatar are arguing that the Huangs deliberately starved their daughter to death for human trafficking. They allege that the Huangs wanted to harvest Gloria’s organs on the black market. The police also are confused as to why the couple would adopt a child who did not look like them and have the same hereditary traits. Adoption is not a common practice in Qatar, so the officials are questioning the motives of the Huangs.
Should the couple be convicted? Should they be allowed to leave the country and return to the United States.