Undercover journalists catch each other in Bulgarian baby-selling sting

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Undercover British reporters looking to see if families in Bulgaria were willing to sell their babies were caught in a sting by a local reporter.

Veronika Dimitrova, a reporter for Nova TV, saw an online ad from "Heidi and Richie Calvert" who were "willing to pay as much as it costs" for a baby.

Dimitrova exchanged e-mails with the couple and told them she could help them get a baby for $6,200.

But when they met at a restaurant in Bulgaria, the British couple wanted to legally buy the baby. When it became clear Dimitrova could not help them do that, the couple left.

A few days later, Dimitrova received an e-mail identifying the couple as Sunday Times deputy insight editor Heidi Blake and reporter Jonathan Calvert. Blake told Dimitrova they had secretly filmed the discussion. Dimitrova responded telling Blake she had done the same.

Blake wrote in an e-mail to Dimitrova that they were "very amused" by the double sting.

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