A MOTHER tried to sell her one-week-old daughter on the black market in Russia as she wanted to buy a new pair of boots.
Luiza Gadzhieva, 25, said she was seeking adoptive parents but was caught in a sting operation after accepting £3,000 for the child when police posed as potential buyers.
The woman was detained in Moscow after reportedly handing over the baby in a city centre coffee shop.
Gadzhieva, from the Dagestan region, discussed with her sister how she had chosen a new pair of boots to buy once she sold the baby, local media reports.
Before police intervened, anti-slavery group Alternativa tried to persuade the 25-year-old not to sell the one-week old girl.
“We tried in every way possible to explain to her that bad, dangerous conditions awaited the child,” said the group.
“The height of cynicism was her correspondence with her sister, who knew about everything, and in which the child’s mother discussed what boots she will buy for herself and selling the child,” they said.
Mum of three Gadzhieva reportedly told a potential buyer that she wanted to use the cash for a deposit on a home.
Cops say that after receiving the money the 25-year-old handed the child over to the customer and wrote a receipt.
Police footage shows Gadzhieva hiding her head in shame when she was quizzed by detectives.
She reportedly told a buyer: “Don’t say ‘to sell’, it sounds rude… you can judge me but I cannot [cope].”
Gadzhieva pleaded guilty in full during the interrogation and was charged, according to local police.
Currently the child’s life is not in danger and the investigation is ongoing.
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