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Bulgarian baby sellers
arrested in Greece
Posted Nov 19, 2011 by Katerina Nikolas
Six people were arrested on Friday for alleged involvement in the sale
of a 25-day-old baby for 12,000 euros, on the Greek Island of Crete. The
illegal adoption involved the sale of a Bulgarian baby arranged by
The burgeoning black market sale of Bulgarian babies on the Greek Island
of Crete was dealt another blow on Friday when six people were arrested.
According to Athens News the Bulgarian mother of a 25 day-old-baby,
along with three Bulgarian intermediaries, was caught in the act of
attempting to sell the infant to a Greek couple on the island for 12,000
Ekathimerini reported that Cretan police had been monitoring a suspected
illegal adoption ring and were able to catch the Bulgarians in the act
of attempting to receive payment. According to a study by Bijc it is
almost impossible to make a judicial case against baby sellers unless
they are caught at the very moment of exchanging payment. Bijc issued a
report on the illegal business in 2004 but demand is still on-going
despite millions being spent to put an end to the trade.
The Greek Island of Crete is one of the most popular tourist
destination's in the world, yet it has its seamy side too. Island police
are aware that Albanians control the market for drug's and prostitutes,
Romanians control fake passports and documents, and Bulgarians have
control of illegal adoptions.
Childless couples are offered Bulgarian babies for sale, but the Greek
authorities try to control the entrance of very pregnant Bulgarian women
as they are aware of the illegal sales. The babies need to be born in
Greece to avoid being registered on entrance to the country, so mostly
the women are trafficked in illegally before they give birth, generally
entering Crete by boat from Italy.
On average a baby will cost around 13,000 euros, with boys trading at a
premium of 2,000 euros above girls. Major Stilianos Artzidakis of the
Cretan police explained "Except the cases with the babies we do not
have other serious problems with the Bulgarians."
There are some instances of Bulgarian women being held against their
will and 'persuaded' to sell their newborn. Local lawyers are used to
convince them that their children will have a better life than starving
Those found guilty of involvement in the arrangement of the deals
receive prison sentences, whilst the mother and adopter's are subject to
The baby from Friday's sale is being cared for in hospital.
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