Woman doctor held for selling newborn in Russia

Last Updated: Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:47

Moscow: A woman doctor at a maternity clinic in Russia was detained by police when he tried to sell a newborn baby for one million rubles (around $32,000), police said.

The incident took place in the southern city of Vladikavkaz.

The woman was caught red-handed as she accepted the first half of the sum, 500,000 rubles from police who posed as buyers. The deal came a few days after the baby was born.

"When we received a report that a doctor is involved in selling babies, police officers came to her posing as buyers. The doctor`s answer was: Wait," a police spokesman said, adding that three days later the deal was done.

Police suspect that the doctor could have forced the baby`s young mother to sell her child.

This is not the first case, when the chief doctor of the clinic in the capital of Russia`s republic of North Ossetia is involved in a child-selling deal, police said.

A spokesman for the Federal Security Service said the suspect is a member of a child trafficking racket, which also involves other senior officials at clinics in North Ossetia.

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First Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 11:47

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