By Stefan Korshak
(MCT) KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian police have detained a woman suspected of trying to sell her 2-year-old daughter to human organ traffickers, the Interfax news agency reported Monday.
The woman, 28, was described as an unemployed resident of the village of Uspenovka, in the eastern Zaporizhia region. Police had evidence she intended to sell the toddler to human organ traffickers for $12,600, according to the report. ]
Law enforcement officials reportedly detained her on Saturday evening, shortly after she accepted payment for the child and its organs. The baby girl was now “safe, healthy, and in the custody of a regional hospital.”
The woman will face charges of human organ trafficking with intent to sell abroad. If convicted, she faces a prison term of between eight and 15 years, according to a Zaporizhia police statement.
In recent years, Ukraine’s government has attempted to reduce trafficking of people and human organs, with a state-run media campaign warning of the illegal trade’s dangers. The campaign has reduced the numbers of human organs exported from the country illegally and Ukrainians sold abroad into slavery, law-enforcement officials say.