A woman has been detained in Moscow, Russia after she advertised her one-week-old baby online to be purchased so that she could use the money to buy herself a new pair of boots.
Luiza Gadzhieva was detained in Moscow, Russia after she had attempted to sell her one-week-old baby on the black market.
The 25-year-old advertised her newborn daughter and asked if anyone was willing to be adoptive parents at the price of £3,000.
The mum, who already has three other children, was caught by law enforcement officers when they posed as buyers in a sting operation.
Previously, Luiza had discussed with her sister how she had found a new pair of boots she’d liked and once she sold the baby, she’d be able to buy them, it’s been revealed.
The mum planned to hand the baby over in a coffee shop for “mercenary motives”.
In a law enforcement video, Luiza is shown hiding her head in shame as she was interrogated by officers.
She told the buyer: “Don’t say ‘to sell’, it sounds rude. You can judge me but I cannot [cope].”
Before the police had even stepped in, anti-slavery group Alternativa met with Luiza and begged for her to change her mind on selling her own baby.
While posing as potential buyers, the group said: “We tried in every possible way to explain to her that bad, dangerous conditions awaited the child.
“We warned that the baby would be handed over to gypsies, but she was little interested in what would happen [to her daughter].
“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 after selling the baby.”
Luiza, from the Dagestan region, was reportedly unconcerned about the welfare of her child and what kind of potential criminal could want her baby.
A group spokesperson said: “It is not known what would have happened to this child.”
To one of the potential buyers, she told them she’d be using the cash to put money towards a deposit on a house.
In a statement, the Russian Investigate Committee said: “After receiving the money, she handed the child over to the customer and wrote a receipt.
“During the interrogation, the woman pleaded guilty in full and was charged.
“Currently the child’s life is not in danger. The criminal investigation continues.”
Since the incident, the child has been taken into care.