This happened 16th July 2008 in Odessa.
Narrator: A grand and a half. That's the price she put on her son. It’s not the first time that the 30-year old mommy dumps her kids. She left her first-born in the maternity hospital. As for her second child, the 4-year-old Maksym, she decided, as she puts it, not to torture him and just sell him.
Mother: Because he [the buyer] told me that he [my son] will go to good people, that he’ll be in rich people’s hands, that he’ll be living out there in America, and so that uh… that I wouldn’t have to suffer with him. He told…he first gave me an advance of 100 dollars and then, today, he gave me these fifteen 100-dollar bills.
Narrator: The woman was caught red-handed during the transaction. Criminal charges are now being brought against her. In the few days that the kid has spent at the shelter, nobody has made inquiries about him. Relatives never called and never came. Among the fifteen kids in his group, he clearly looks lost and depressed.
Reporter: Maksymchyk [diminutive], who brought you here?
Maksym: Mom…police. I want to go home.
Narrator: During the three months that Maksym Malyuk will be spending in the children’s shelter, his mother will most likely have her paternal rights revoked. And the future of the kid depends on whether he will find a real family someday.
Kids, chanting in chorus: G-o-o-d-b-y-e!
Tags: news, mother, son, trafficking, adoption, crime, orphanage, street, homeless, kids, police, undercover
Location: Odessa, Odes'ka Oblast', Ukraine (load item map)
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