Stolen Childhood

It’s not a secret that some Russian girls want to get married to a foreigner. They dream about a fairy-tale life abroad. In search of a husband, they visit special websites, go abroad on holidays, or even meet their princes in the streets of their native towns. But they don't know that it’s much harder to share a common child.

The stories of Irina Belenkaya, Rimma Sallonen and other Russian women speak for themselves. Why do many parents seem to believe that abduction is the only way to be reunited with their sons and daughters? Can the law always protect the child in those circumstances?