By Oisin Sweeney • 21 January 2021 • 20:11
Children were snatched from their parents at birth and sold for profit - Image Source: Twitter
POLICE in the west African country of Ghana have busted a massive “baby harvesting” ring of child traffickers.
The depraved gang operated out of hospitals in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, and its members included nurses, midwives, and doctors.
Local police claim that mothers were told by ring members that their newborn babies had died after birth, with their children then sold for profit. The operation against the gang was sparked when undercover investigators purchased two babies from the gang for about €4100 each.
The operation that led to this week’s massive bust follows several months of investigations by authorities and was led by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council alongside detectives from the country’s Economic and Organised Crime Office. The probe was launched last year when an Accra taxi driver tipped-off authorities to the criminal enterprise.
The appalling case has come as a shock to many in Ghana, where rumours of “baby-harvesting” have so far not been confirmed by authorities. Meanwhile, in the other African nations of Nigeria and Kenya, similar investigations have exposed the widespread business of selling babies for profit across the continent.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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