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Ukraine Teacher Accused Of Attempting To Sell 13-Year-Old


Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the arrest on social media.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the arrest on social media.

Ukrainian authorities say they have arrested a teacher accused of trying to sell a 13-year-old girl for $10,000.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reported the case on Facebook on November 22, with photos of the girl and 52-year-old teacher.

The girl was living at a boarding school in the eastern Kharkiv region for orphans and children from broken homes.

Ukrainian media named the suspect as Galina Kovalenko, a teacher of Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Avakov said the buyer hinted that the girl's organs would be removed, paying the teacher 1,000 hryvnia ($39) for photos of her and her medical records.

"They got this seller 'red-handed' when she took the girl out of the boarding school, brought her to the buyers, and received money," the minister said.

Based on reporting by Interfax and the BBC
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