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Dolno Ezerovo quarter, Burgas, south-east Bulgaria: Cutbacks in health and education had damaging effects in rural communities where many Roma live (Photo: Juliana Koleva)

Lives for sale: Booming market for Bulgarian babies in Greece

"Ah, don't even ask, in our village almost everybody has left a baby in Greece. I at least managed to buy myself this little house with the bloody money, so we'd have somewhere to live with the kids. I haven't squandered a single lev. But many people here give away babies for the easy money - they drink, they eat, they party. When the money runs out, they just sell the next baby."

This is Stanka, a woman in her 30s from Bulgaria's marginalised Roma minority who admits she sold a new-bor...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Dolno Ezerovo quarter, Burgas, south-east Bulgaria: Cutbacks in health and education had damaging effects in rural communities where many Roma live (Photo: Juliana Koleva)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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