Gypsy baby-trafficking trial opens in Paris

22nd January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 22, 2007 (AFP) - More than 40 French gypsies went on trial Monday in Paris accused of resorting to a Bulgarian baby-trafficking network after they were barred from adopting through legal channels.

PARIS, Jan 22, 2007 (AFP) - More than 40 French gypsies went on trial Monday in Paris accused of resorting to a Bulgarian baby-trafficking network after they were barred from adopting through legal channels.

Between 2001 and 2005, investigators believe at least 22 children were bought by gypsy couples, many suffering from infertility or hereditary diseases but unable to adopt under French law because of their roaming lifestyle.

Each couple is believed to have paid between 5,000 and 7,500 euros (6,500  and 10,000 dollars) for a baby, which they passed off as their own child in the eyes of the law.

A total of 56 people are standing trial: 11 traffickers, who face up to 10 years imprisonment, 41 "parents" who risk three years and a 45,000- euro fine, as well as two birth mothers and two suspected pimps.

The Bulgarian mothers, many of them prostitutes, were brought to France to give birth and either registered in hospital under the identity of the woman buyer, or else the male buyer later claimed paternity of their newborn.

Each woman is thought to have been paid a few hundred euros for the baby, while traffickers pocketed the rest of the money.

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