Thursday, March 15, 2012
A resident of the Far Eastern Khabarovsk region was arrested after attempting to sell her five-year-old son for 300,000 rubles [$10,345], the regional investigation committee reported on Tuesday. According to investigators, the woman asked for 800,000 rubles [$27,588] for her son but the amount was reduced after negotiations with the buyer. The woman also has a seven year old daughter, who is cared for by her grandmother. "The suspect was twice brought to the attention of the administration in 2011 for failure to take responsibility for her children and for disorderly conduct," the committee said. Investigators filed a criminal case against the woman for human trafficking and if found guilty, she could face up to ten years in prison. The boy is now in social care in a hospital in the city of Bikin.