A frightful investigation has unveiled that newborn babies are being traded on the black market in Russia for just £60.
The undercover inquiry exposes heartless criminals are exploiting the country’s adoption system to make a fortune.
Journalists from The Insider unveiled corruption after establishing a fake social media account from a man looking to dodge checks. They applied the bogus persona to reach one agency to ask about getting a baby without too many questions being asked.
The agency then boasted it had strong links with social services and maternity wards adding it could get him a baby for around £5,000, it was published. However, when the journalists dug deeper into the ‘babies for sale’ scandal they found some were being sold for as little as £60.
They have now unveiled a black market industry utilizing unregulated social media platforms to attach buyers to sellers via illegal agents.
The accurate scale of the illegal trade is still not clear, but the most famous Russian search engine lists 85,000 searches of the term ‘buy a child’ in Moscow alone. The new mums concerned in the sales were in incredibly desperate situations in most cases.
The investigators also found the price for each individual baby varies from its characteristics. Non-Slavic children from rural regions of the Russian Federation were listed as being the most inexpensive, while Slavic babies in Moscow and St Petersburg were the most costly.