A pair of identical twins who were separated and sold as babies have been reunited after one recognized each other in a TikTok video.
Amy and Ano were born in Georgia in 2002, but were stolen from their mother and sold into an illegal child adoption market believed to be linked to organized crime. Their mother, Aza, learned that her children were dead.
One of the twins, Amy Khvitia, recognized her 12-year-old sister when she appeared on an episode of Georgia’s Got Talent. The other, Ano Sartania, became suspicious seven years later when a friend sent her a TikTok video of Amy and she noticed they looked similar.
The two have since united after a mutual friend connected them on Facebook, and they discovered they had been separated by an underground Georgian child trafficking ring, which sold babies for adoption from the early 1950s until 2005.
After arranging to meet at a metro station in Tbilisi, Amy told the BBC: “It was like looking in a mirror, exactly the same face, exactly the same voice. I am her and she is me.
“I don’t like hugs, but I hugged her,” Ano added.
Their adoptive parents said they had failed to conceive and that someone from the Kirtskhi maternity hospital in western Georgia offered them adoption. They said they did not know the practice was illegal.
The twins used a Facebook page dedicated to reunited lost children who had been trafficked to find their mother, connecting with their sister and taking a DNA test.
Their mother, Aza, met the twins in Leipzig and explained to them that she had fallen into a coma after giving birth. He was later told that they had both died.
Child adoption trafficking, believed to be linked to criminal gangs working with corrupt hospital officials, has declined since 2005, when Georgia changed adoption law and strengthened protections against the practice.
In 2022, the government launched an investigation into the scandal, but told the BBC it had only spoken to 40 people affected because the maternity records are “very old and the historical data has been lost” .