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Russian woman held for trying to sell son

world Updated: Mar 01, 2012 07:44 IST

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A Russian woman has been arrested after she attempted to sell her five-year-old son for 300,000 rubles (around $10,000), officials said.

The woman from the far eastern Khabarovsk region was arrested on Tuesday, the regional investigation committee said.

Investigators said the woman asked for 800,000 rubles (around $27,500) for her son but the amount was reduced after negotiations with the buyer.

The woman also has a seven-year-old daughter, who is being cared for by her grandmother.

"The suspect was twice brought to the attention of the administration in 2011 for failure to take responsibility of her children and for disorderly conduct," the committee said.

Investigators filed a criminal case against the woman for human trafficking and if found guilty, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

The boy is in now in social care in a hospital.