To add a new pair of boots to her wardrobe, a heartless 25-year-old mother was more than willing to sell her own baby daughter to come up with the money for it.
The infant, who was barely a week old, was the topic of an advertisement posted on the black market in Russia. Just days after her baby’s birth, Luiza Gadzhieva was looking for parents to adopt the child, according to The Sun.
After putting her daughter up for sale, 25-year-old Luiza started getting messages in response to the advertisement she put up. One potential buyer told her that they were willing to offer a little over $3900 (£3,000) for the tiny one-week-old infant. And Luiza jumped at their offer.
Luiza, who is also a mother to three other children, went with that offer and made plans to hand over her baby to the buyers. With “mercenary motives,” the mother said she would be at a coffee shop in the city and would make the exchange with the buyers. But it was only once she got there that she found out whom she was trying to do business with all this while.
The potential buyers that she tried to make the deal with were actually law enforcement officers who were posing as buyers in a sting operation, according to Mirror.
Local media reports revealed the extent of the mother’s cruel dismissiveness towards the child, revealing that Luiza had spoken to her sister about a new pair of boots she had set her eyes on. And once the baby was sold, she would go ahead and buy the footwear after trading her own baby for it.
As Luiza tried to make a deal on the black market, she was also contacted by Alternativa, which is an anti-slavery group. Members of the group tried to dissuade the young mother from going through with this. They tried to tell Luiza that an extremely harmful environment could be awaiting her baby daughter if she sells her off but the mother did not seem deterred by any of this.
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].”
What Luiza told one of the potential buyers was that she wanted to a house and would use the cash to pay the deposit money.
“Don’t say ‘to sell,’ it sounds rude,” Luiza reportedly told one buyer. “You can judge me but I cannot [cope].”
Revealing that the mother showed no interest or concern in the idea of her baby possibly going into the hands of criminals, the group Alternativa went on to say, “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.”
“It is not known what would have happened to this child,” Alternativa’s spokesperson added. To the infant’s luck, Luiza was busted before the child could reach the wrong hands.
When Luiza was at the coffee shop in Moscow with her daughter, she wrote a receipt and handed over her baby girl after she got the money. But law enforcement officers soon detained her and detectives questioned her about the sale before ensuring the baby reached safe hands.
The Russian Investigate Committee was quoted saying in a statement, “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.”