Criminal justice officials in Greece stated that in a recent child trafficking case, a Roma woman from Bulgaria gave birth in a public hospital in Greece. The woman was accompanied by a human trafficker who pretended to be her relative. After the birth, the trafficker paid the woman $4,100 (€3,000) for the child and took the baby. The trafficker then turned around and sold the baby to a Greek couple.
Officials state that on average, a childless couple in Greece pays up to $41,000 (€30,000) for a baby, or up to 10 times the amount the trafficker paid the mother.
Source: Giorgos Christides, “Greece’s child-trafficking problem,” BBC News, October 21, 2013.