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Children are main victims of trafficking in Africa

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1036

Re: Children are main victims of trafficking in Africa

Dear Editors,

Newborn babies continue to be illegally sold in Greece.

Exploited poor women, often from Romania and Bulgaria, are transferred to give birth in public hospitals in Greece.

Then, somehow, gangs manage to provide babies with different accompanying documents, which attach them to the new parents.

Many of these gangs were arrested in the past, but this unacceptable practice will cease only when proper bureaucratic procedures in public hospitals prevent trafficking by linking unique tracking numbers to babies.


Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is an active voluntary member of a non-profit organization that fights for women's rights.

17 June 2013
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece