Four women from the Republic of Moldova were sent to court, being accused of being part of a criminal network that tried to sell “for adoption” a Ukrainian child born in Chisinau to a couple from Romania.
According to the investigators from Chisinau, the criminal group includes: the president of a foundation that claims to campaign for children’s rights, the woman being the organizer and perpetrator, a head of maternity and a female notary from Moldova, as accomplices, a woman from Ukraine as the perpetrator and a couple from Romania who wanted to buy a child.
The baby’s mother was invited to give birth in Chisinau in 2022 to bring the child into the world in a safe environment, outside of the war. There would then have been psychological pressure on the woman, who also has other children in Ukraine, to give the newborn for adoption to a couple from Romania.
The 38-year-old woman, the baby’s mother, would have been prompted to declare to the notary that the baby’s father is the man who wanted to buy the girl.
If she had not accepted to offer her child to the Romanian couple, in exchange for a sum of money and some goods, she would have been deprived of parental rights over the child, the moment she would have returned to Ukraine.
The reason given was that the woman would have had too few financial resources to support all the children. Therefore, the girl’s birth certificate contained the surname of the buyer.
The representatives from the social center where the Ukrainian woman was staying notified the prosecutor’s office in the Republic of Moldova, so all the people were caught and sent to court.
The four women face a prison sentence of 15 to 20 years, deprivation of holding certain positions or exercising a certain activity for a period of 3 to 5 years, or imprisonment for life.
The two buyers from Romania are to be investigated in Romania, following a notification by the Moldovan authorities.