Bulgarian, Greek police
break up baby trafficking ring
Sun (Australia) January 26, 2011
Greek police have arrested 14 people who allegedly trafficked newborn
babies to Greece, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said
BULGARIAN and Greek
police have arrested 14 people who allegedly trafficked newborn babies
to Greece, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said yesterday.
Five people were
arrested in Bulgaria and nine others in Greece for allegedly organizing
the illegal adoption of at least 14 Bulgarian babies, primarily of Roma
origin, Tsvetanov said.
The arrests were made
in the cities of Varna, Burgas and Yambol, in eastern Bulgaria, and in
Lamia in the southeast of Greece, where police also found a newborn baby
prepared for adoption on faked documents, Varna regional prosecutor
Vladimir Chavdarov told the state-owned BTA news agency.
The price of the babies
depended on "their gender and skin color" with an average
25,000 euros ($34,200) paid for boys and 18,000 to 20,000 euros for
The pregnant Roma
women, who agreed to give birth in a Lamia hospital and sell their
babies to Greek couples, received just a fraction of the sum, he said.
Police found the babies
in Lamia, and the cities of Thessaloniki and Patra, as well as the
Bulgarian police have
uncovered several cases of baby trafficking to Greece, France and other
countries in recent years.
Most of the criminal
schemes involved pregnant women from Bulgaria's poor Roma minority, who
agreed to recognize the foreigner who was to buy the baby as its father
in order to avoid lengthy international adoption procedures.
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