The producers of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE have hired a social worker to care for child actress RUBINA ALI, amid allegations her father tried to sell her for $300,000 (£200,000).
Ali's dad Rafiq Qureshi has been arrested and quizzed by police in Mumbai, India after British newspaper News of the World alleged he offered to sell the nine year old to the highest bidder.
Qureshi denies the claims, but producers of the Oscar-winning movie have stepped in and offered their help - through a trust fund set up to care for all the movie's young stars.
Producer Christian Colson tells, "Both Danny (Boyle, the director) and I remain committed to working the trust and the family to secure Rubina's long-term best interests."
Trustee Noshir H. Dadrawala adds, "The trust will support Rubina, her parents and responsible authorities to ensure the rights and best interests of Rubina.
"The trust is in regular contact with Rubina Ali and her family and has hired a social worker to assist in looking after her welfare and that of her co-stars."
The Jai Ho Trust - named after a hit song from the film - is committed to providing living and education costs for the young cast members, most of whom live in poor Mumbai neighbourhoods.