Babies up for grabs in Chechnya

In Chechnya, the police exposed the gang that was engaged in child trafficking. The activities of the criminal group were arranged very well: the criminals had their people in a maternity hospital of the republic. Babies would be delivered to customers right from the hospital. The scheme was as follows. Medics would tell parents that their child was supposedly born with serious abnormalities. They persuaded the parents to refuse from the child.

Police arrested several women that were suspected of child trafficking. On October 30th, a suspect named only as Amayeva arrived in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan. The woman was holding a newborn baby in her arms. Amayeva asked 555,000 rubles (nearly $18,000) for the baby. It was assumed that childless parents would buy the baby for this amount of money. However, the deal did not take place. As soon as the suspect received the payment she had asked for, Amayeva was arrested. Her customer was a female police officer. The whole meeting between the customer and the seller was videotaped.

When it became known that there was a criminal group in the republic that was selling babies to people, the police distributed information about a woman who wanted to buy a child. The waiting did not last long. Soon afterwards, a woman called the "customer." The woman - it was Amayeva - offered to buy a baby girl aged 20 months. The "customer" and the seller met, the seller received the money for the child. The police decided not to arrest the suspect during that deal to be able to find out as much as possible about the whole criminal chain.

Police say that during her criminal activities, Amayeva has managed to sell eight children. The woman was not acting alone. Detectives found her accomplice. As it turned out, it was an employee of a maternity hospital in the city of Khasavyurt. Children's parents would be told that their newborn babies were terminally ill and that there was no point to take hopeless children from the hospital. Some parents would eventually agree to officially refuse from their children.

The police continue to search for other members of the criminal group. Detectives say that children could be sold from maternity hospitals in the cities of Derbent and Makhachkala (Dagestan). Noteworthy, the price of children depended on their sex. Boys were more expensive than girls: 500,000 vs. 300,000 rubles ($16,000 vs. $9,700).

Amayeva pleads not guilty. The woman claims that she brought the baby to Makhachkala at the request of the baby's mother. It was said that detectives managed to find the baby's mother. However, it is not known yet what the woman told the police.

A similar crime was committed in the Chechen Republic in the spring of this year. Three women tried to sell a newborn boy for 500,000 rubles.

The number of cases when mothers try to sell their children, has been growing recently. In Transcarpathia, for example, police received a signal from a local resident. A man called the police and said he was offered to purchase two twins. The caller said that a woman approached him in the street and offered the man to buy the babies. The mother did not even know how much she would receive for the babies. The woman assumed that any proposed money would come in handy.

The police arrested the woman. She was a 36-year old resident of Uzhgorod. The woman told the police that she was unable to maintain her children. She was sure that it would be a lot better for her babies to grow in another family. If found guilty, the woman will be deprived of parental right and face a serious term in jail.

Anton Frolov


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Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov