LA PAZ – Police in Bolivia arrested a woman who tried to sell two of her children for $120 and to use a third child to settle a debt at a boarding house, the attorney general of the eastern province of Santa Cruz told Efe.
The 34-year-old mother offered to sell a 1-month-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, and she tried to leave her 9-year-old son as payment for her debt to the owner of a boarding house, Santa Cruz Attorney General Pura Cuellar said.
The woman, who lives in poverty and has eight children by three different men, is living a “family drama” in which her eldest daughter, an 18-year-old, has two small children of her own, Cuellar said.
The woman, who claims her dire poverty makes it impossible to care for the children, was arrested Tuesday when boarding house residents called police.
Ironically, she will appear before a judge on Wednesday, when Bolivia celebrates Mother’s Day.
The AG’s office has ordered that all of the woman’s minor children be found and taken to shelters.
The woman may go on trial for people trafficking because she tried to deal with her situation in “the easiest way” by selling her children, Santa Cruz government officials told the El Deber newspaper. EFE