By Isha Sesay • 09 January 2020 • 20:20
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AN NGO has filed a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office in Tetuán, Morocco after evidence points towards a criminal gang who are kidnapping babies and selling the new-borns in Spain.
Lahcen Aqbayu, the President of the Karama Association, a renowned organisation that fights violence against women in North Africa and the Arab region, states that they have uncovered a case of a Moroccan woman whose baby was stolen from her in hospital. Through Spanish intermediaries, the child was then sold to a couple residing in Ceuta, the autonomous Spanish city in the Strait of Gibraltar.
It is reported that the mother had spent three days at a local hospital and was approached by an individual who asked if she would consider giving up her child for money – an offer that was refused. She was then offered a ride home, where at the last moment another man who said he was a doctor, took the baby in a different car. Sadly this was the last time the mother ever saw her child again.
At first the woman’s claims were ignored by the police, however sources in Morocco have indicated that due to the evidence presented from the NGO, that police officers in Tetouan have opened an investigation into the case on the orders of the Attorney General’s Office.
Aqbayu states that they know of at least seven cases of children who were kidnapped and sold by the criminal gang, where they charge between €2,800 and €6,500 for each new born. He also states that the group prey on single mothers and those with low incomes, where they are threatened and intimidated to not go to the police.
As Euro Weekly News understands, it is not yet clear if the Spanish authorities have been informed or if an investigation has been launched.
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