Mum ‘sold newborn daughter to buy boots’ in ‘£3,000 sale at coffee shop’

A mother, 25, has been caught in Russia trying to sell her newborn baby so she can afford a new pair of boots.

Luiza Gadzhieva advertised her tiny daughter on the black market before accepting £3,000 from undercover law enforcement officers.

Unaware of the sting operation, the new mum handed over her baby in a city coffee shop.

Gadzhieva had previously told her sister about the new pair of boots she would buy thanks to the sale of her child.

Anti-slavery group Alternativa met the woman before the sting and attempted to change her mind about cashing in on her one-week-old daughter.

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Posing as potential buyers, 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).

"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."

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Alternative alleged that Gadzhieva showed no concern that her child could fall into the hands of criminals.

Not only did the mother from the Dagestan region of Russia, set her eyes on new footwear but she told one prospective buyer that the sale would help fund a house deposit.

Alternativa added: “It is not known what would have happened to this child.

A statement from the Russian Investigative Committee said: "After receiving the money, she handed the child over to the customer and wrote a receipt."

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A law enforcement video shows her hiding her head in shame as she was quizzed by detectives who discovered Gadzhieva has three other children.

She told a buyer: "Don't say ‘to sell’, it sounds rude….you can judge me, but I cannot (cope)."

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The committee which confirmed the baby has been taken into care, said: "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.”

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