Baby trading – a new type of human trafficking shows up in Cyprus

The police is facing a new type of human trafficking that involves pregnant women who are brought to Cyprus with paid accommodation and expenses for the duration of their pregnancy and then paid to give their baby to families who have trouble having their own children. The matter was discussed at the Human Rights Committee of the Parliament today where the head of police’s Unit for Combating of Trafficking of Human Beings, Rita Superman reported that there have been a few cases already where mothers were brought to Cyprus from a poor country and was offered money for give up their babies. In some of those cases the mother was offered free accommodation and expenses until the day of labour. She added that its very difficult to build a case against these cases because the adoption followed the legal process. Even if these cases are numbered for now it is only the beginning and the problem should be stopped before it becomes widespread.