April 08, 2019
A Colombian woman wanted to sell her kids, according to her mother, but the police found her, and now she argued something different from the accusation made against her.
Sulay Andrea Vaquero is the name of the woman who allegedly tried to sell her children to a person she met on social media.
It was Sulay’s mother, Diana Marcela Forero, who denounced her to the Bogota Police after Sulay left her home with all her belongings and her kids.
However, after police finally found her whereabouts, Vaquero argued that she had left home for her kids’ safety.
Sulay is the mother of newborn twins and a two-year-old girl. According to her mother, she had been in touch with some buyers who even visited her home in the El Tejar neighborhood, west of Bogotá, and offered her money in exchange for the twins.
The grandmother of the children suspected that the buyers were going to sign the papers for the commercialization of the minors, but fortunately, the Childhood and Adolescence Police attended the complaint opportunely and began the search for the 20-year-old girl and her kids.
"The woman states that both she and her two children are in good health and that the reason for leaving their home is due to problems of coexistence with the grandmother of children," reads a statement issued by the police.
According to the suspect, she was not going to sell her children and argued that she only wanted to protect them from the toxic situation at her home.
When Sulay Andrea became pregnant for the second time, she did not want to let the pregnancy go further because she already had a baby and the situation in her house was precarious.
Forero explained that when her daughter was five months pregnant, she supposedly contacted some people on the Internet who wanted to buy babies.
"I told her no. How are you going to sell a baby? Because we thought it was just one,” Forero said.
Even after knowing she would have twins, Sulay Andrea did not regret her decision. She was willing to seal the sale of her children.
"It was a lady of 22 years and a man. The guy came on a motorcycle, and there was a minor, "said Forero of the alleged buyers.
As the grandmother of the children, Forero was willing to do the impossible to avoid selling her grandchildren. So, when Sulay sneaked out of the house, Forero assumed the worst and immediately gave notice to the authorities.
The mother “escaped” with her three kids, and according to some witnesses, she left with the people involved in the supposed purchase of the babies.
So, after the arrest of the mother, the police is still working to identify the alleged buyers of the babies, who could be subjected to a gruesome judicial process.
According to the story of the grandmother of the children, those interested in the babies accompanied Sulay to the medical check-ups and gave her money.
"When my daughter had the babies, they came to the house, brought gifts to the children and offered her money."
The investigation was taken by the Childhood and Adolescence Police that investigates the event and seeks those involved to assume legal responsibility.
According to UNICEF USA, child victims of trafficking are recruited, transported, transferred, harbored or received for exploitation.
They may be forced to work on construction sites or in houses as domestic servants; on the streets as child beggars, in wars as child soldiers, on farms, in traveling sales crews or restaurants and hotels. Some are forced to work in brothels and strip clubs or for escort and massage services.
However, a new phenomenon has been taking place on some Latin American countries, where the adoptions laws are so unstable that people take advantage of the situation and proceed to “adopt” or “buy” babies through illegal routes.
In 2017, the Ombudsman's office confirmed 22 cases of sale of children in the state of Sonora, northern Mexico, by officials in charge of child protection institutions.
Interested couples, some of them from the United States, paid for each of the children prices that ranged between 80,000 and 120,000 pesos (between 4,000 and 8,000 dollars), said the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).
Initially, the allegations revealed that for some of the children taken from poor mothers or with addictions, they even paid up to $20,000.
Last year, a Texas woman was arrested for selling her 7-year-old son to two men. The woman, identified as Esmeralda Garza, was also in the process of selling her two other daughters – aged two and three – as well, officials said.
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