A 33-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly selling her 5 days old baby to pay for a £3,000 nose job.
The single mother was apprehended on suspicion of human trafficking in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, southern Russia.
According to police reports, the mum took a small deposit of £274 from a couple who agreed just five days after her son’s birth on April 25, to take the infant off her hands.
Soon after purchasing the boy, he fell unwell and the couple were asked for his birth certificate by medics when taking him to hospital.
Getting the birth certificate cost them the equivalent of £1,370 a month later with the mum negotiating a price based on the cost of a nose job, the couple claimed following their arrest.
But before the couple could hand over the remainder of the total £2,730 fee, police arrested the group for human trafficking.
In a statement obtained by Newsflash, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Dagestan said: “The investigating authorities of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Republic of Dagestan have initiated a criminal case against a 33-year-old resident of the city of Kaspiysk.
“She is suspected of committing a crime under paragraph ‘h’ of Part 2 of Art. 127.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (purchase and sale committed in relation to a person who is in a state of helplessness, known to the guilty person).”
The statement continued: “According to investigators, on 25th April, 2022, a woman gave birth to a male child in Caspian City Central Hospital.
“On 30th April, 2022, the woman who had given birth was discharged from the hospital, where, having met with a local resident, she agreed to hand over her newborn son, who was in a state of helplessness, to him for a reward of 200,000 rubles.
“She then issued a waiver for the rights to the child, and the suspect received money amounting to 20,000 rubles for the child from the third party.
“On 26th May, 2022, she received the rest of the money amounting to 100,000 rubles.
“Subsequently, information about the crime committed became known to law enforcement officers.
“The suspect was detained in accordance with Art. 91 and 92 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation.
“Currently, a series of investigative actions is being carried out, aimed at establishing all the circumstances of the crime committed and consolidating evidence of the suspect’s guilt.
“The issue of choosing a preventive measure against her is being decided,” the statement concluded.