|Marry me? 13-year-old Naja Johansen, third from left, is wanted as the wife of a Somali pirate chief.|
The Somali pirate chief has taken a fancy to his 13-year-old Danish hostage, and he is so besotted with her he's willing to let the rest of her family go free and forget the $5 million ransom his pirate colleagues demanded, the Daily Mail reports.
A Danish reporter, who visited the African nation to track down the Johansen family, was not allowed to speak to the family, but he spoke to the chief pirate who apparently revealed his plans for a bride.
The terrifying proposal puts more pressure on the authorities and hostage negotiators to free the family. The reporter assumed the offer would not be accepted.
Henrik Ljung, a senior Danish psychologist, said: "The offer of marriage was simply a way of applying psychological pressure, a show of force. It's an extremely effective tool if you want to raise money." （点击《每日邮报》查看原文）