Attempted Human Trafficking: Ukrainian teacher "caught red-handed" while attempting to sell 13-year-old

17:55 Nov. 22, 2016

Ukrainian teacher "caught red-handed" while attempting to sell 13-year-old

A teacher is accused of trying to sell a 13-year-old girl (Photo source: mvs.gov.ua)

The pedagogue is accused of masterminding a plan to receive USD 10,000

A teacher of Ukrainian language and literature, who has been working in a boarding school in eastern Ukraine's Kharkiv region, was attempting to sell a 13-year-old student for USD 10,000.

The teacher was caught red-handed when she took the girl out of the school and received money from an undercover buyer, the Interior Ministry's press office said in a statement.

"The woman was carefully choosing a buyer and negotiated over the price. She planned to bring the pupil to the agreed place and put her in the buyer's car. When a customer inquired about the health of the child, suggesting that he is interested in her organs, the suspect demanded additional UAH 1,000 [USD 40] for the child's photos and medical documents," the statement said.

Read also Russian-backed militants seize young women as sex trafficking business grows

Police were tipped off about teacher's intentions some four months ago and started surveillance of the teen.

Under Ukrainian law, the attempted human trafficking carries a penalty of up to 12 years in prison.

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