A Russian woman has reportedly been imprisoned for selling her newborn kid to pay for a $3,600 rhinoplasty.
According to reports, the woman, who is 33 years old and whose name has not been made public by Russian media, was brought into custody at the end of May on suspicion of being involved in the trafficking of human beings.
It is reported that the mother gave birth to a baby boy on April 25 at a hospital in the city of Kaspiysk, located in the southern region of the country, and then sold him off just five days later to a local couple that was wanting to become parents.
Russian officials in a statement said, “The heartless mother met with a local resident and agreed to give up her helpless newborn son in exchange for 200,000 rubles ($3,200).”
On the same day that she allegedly gave the boy over to his new parents, she allegedly provided them with a “waiver for the rights to the child.” In exchange, a modest up-front payment in the amount of $360 USD was made to her.
On May 26, less than four weeks later, it is believed that the woman received the remainder of the cash; however, the police were tipped off shortly after the transaction was completed.
It is unknown who called the police, but the woman, along with the man and woman who had unlawfully adopted the newborn son, was hauled into custody almost immediately after the call was made.
The woman is said to have given the newborn child to the new parents along with the baby’s birth certificate, but the new parents denied having paid any money to the woman for the infant. They reported that the mother then requested $3,200 USD to cover the expense of a nose operation for the sake of “improved breathing,” and that they were pleased to comply with her request.