MOSCOW, July 30 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court will consider appeals against detention of three defendants in a case over trafficking of surrogate mothers’ children on August 3, according to attorney Igor Trunov.

In total, the Basmanny District Court detained seven people involved in the kid trade. One more accused woman was placed under house arrest.

In January, law enforcement found a body of a dead newborn boy in a flat in the Moscow Region’s town of Odintsovo. There were also three other kids there along with a nurse. Investigators believe surrogate mothers gave birth to the children to transfer them later to foreign parents.

However, defense lawyers believe that investigators failed to discover cause-effect links between actions’ of the doctors and the baby’s death. Moreover, they state that current legislation does not prohibit citizens to become parents using vitro fertilization and surrogate services.