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Sometimes I come across a story that is just so strange that I don’t know how to feel about it. This is definitely one of those stories. According to the New York Daily News, a young mother from Turkmenistan tried to sell her baby last month. In recently released CCTV tapes you can see the deal go down. Warning; knowing the details, it’s a little hard to watch.

What we do know is that the mother, 22-year-old Dinara A, as she’s been identified by police. tried to sell her 4-month-old baby to a couple from Germany for just $480. Dinara met the couple at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, and after a much too brief conversation, she allegedly turned the child over to the couple in a bathroom and walks away.

What the couple thought they were going to do with the baby at that point is beyond me, seeing as they weren’t going to be able to get through passport control without a passport for the kid. When they realized their mistake (and that is an understatement if I’ve ever heard one) they then contacted police and claimed that the child was abandoned. The cops, not being idiots, quickly realized the couple was being less than honest and arrested them.

For reasons that aren’t explained, the police ended up giving the child back to the mother, who was promptly deported for being an illegal immigrant, which I’m sure is just peachy for that baby she tried to sell. On one hand, I almost feel bad for the mother. Perhaps she thought she was giving her child a better life. On the other, who sells a baby for less than five hundred bucks to better the kid’s life? Regardless, this whole story is sad and strange and awful.