Inside the Underground Baby Trade in the Philippines

What is the cost of a newborn life?

Lynzy Billing
ZORA

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Illustration: Kate Wong

“I’m 50/50 on whether to sell this baby,” says Lucia, gesturing to her swollen stomach.

She is due to give birth in two months’ time. “Filipinos don’t need to worry about finding people to buy your baby,” she says. “Once I decide, there will be a couple who’s looking on that day also.” It’s…

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Lynzy Billing
ZORA

Investigative journalist and photographer based between Afghanistan and the Philippines • Twitter and Instagram: @LynzyBilling