Warning: This story is very upsetting
The undercover agent scheduled a meeting with the couple who agreed to meet him in a nearby parking lot a few days later to make the exchange. According to a local officer involved with the case, police were skeptical that there would actually be a child when they arrived, thinking that the couple was planning on taking the money and fleeing the scene, but the truth was much more sinister.
A deal’s a deal?
Apparently, Greer and Cain were more than happy to hand over the child to a total stranger in exchange for money. They even stuck around after the exchange using their recently acquired cash to buy cigarettes at the Dollar General in the shopping center where the deal took place.
Shortly after the exchange, the couple was arrested and the baby was put in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services, as was Greer’s other child.
Despite the fact that human trafficking is a huge issue in this country, Cain and Greer’s case has shaken the involved officers to the core. A 34-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Pat Hankins, told The Greenville Sun that he had “never encountered a similar human trafficking case” in his 34 years on the job.
“It makes my heart drop,” he told the publication when reflecting on the reality that they had—for all intents and purposes—bought an infant off of his parents.