Ukrainian authorities detained a charity worker trying to traffic an 11-month-old baby out of the country to “sell for organ transplants,” according to reports.
The 43-year-old “evil child trader” was detained by police, the SBU secret service, and border guards at the Malye Selmentsy frontier checkpoint on the Ukraine-Slovakia border on Wednesday.
The man had reportedly given the mother of the child a $1,000 down payment, assuring her he would take the boy to the EU to live safely away from the ongoing conflict against Russia.
He then reportedly offered a total of $5,000 for the baby, who he then intended to sell to traffickers for $25,000.
The child trafficker “had been looking for parents who were ready to sell their child for organs,” reported Ukrainian journalist Vitaliy Glagola.
“Law enforcement officers have operational information that this was not for adoption to the EU, and the child was to have been sold to [illegal] organ transplanters.”
Fortunately, the boy was reunited with his mother, and the trafficker is facing up to 15 years in prison.
From the Daily Mail:
An operation by police, the SBU secret service and border guards detained him at the Malye Selmentsy frontier checkpoint.
The man was remanded in custody pending further investigation, while the rescued child was reunited with his mother.
The man is held under child trafficking laws, said a police spokesman, and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
There have been repeated warnings in recent years of children from impoverished eastern Europe exported on the black market by gangs linked to organ transplants for wealthy clients, especially in the Middle East.
But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which sent millions of Ukrainian citizens fleeing across the border, presented an opportunity for human traffickers to prey on the most vulnerable of refugees.
Actor Jim Caveziel revealed ahead of the highly anticipated release of the film “Sound of Freedom” on July 4th that traffickers are making billions of dollars in the global child sex trade, especially with the collapsed U.S. southern border and in embattled regions like Ukraine.
“The United States is the biggest buyer of trafficking pedophilia in the world, and Mexico being the biggest producer of it, with over 300,000 children being taken into the United States under the age of 18,” he said.
Sound of Freedom comes to theaters July 4th.
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“Sound of Freedom” is based on the true story of Tim Ballard, a former U.S. government agent that quits his job to rescue children from global sex traffickers with his nonprofit organization Operation Underground Railroad.