Indonesian cops arrest seven for selling babies
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Jakarta: Indonesian police say they have arrested seven women involved in an alleged child trafficking ring suspected of selling dozens of babies since the 1990s, some of them in Singapore.
"We arrested seven women involved in buying and selling babies in early January in West Jakarta," city police spokesman Rikwanto told AFP on Thursday.
"They included midwives and we think there are more people involved. Based on interrogations, we believe this ring has been operating since the '90s."
Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said police suspected babies plucked from Indonesian hospitals and given false identities were listed on the manifests of several flights to Singapore and were likely being sold there.
"Our investigation has found that the women would buy the babies from poor mothers, promising financial incentives and telling them the babies would live better lives with wealthier families," he said.
The suspects bought the babies for between $US1500 and $US2000 ($A1950) depending on their "beauty and health condition" and sold them for up to $US8250, with boys fetching higher prices, Rikwanto said.
Police last month investigated an advertisement offering two babies for sale at $US1000 each on the popular auction and shopping website, Tokobagus.com.
Rikwanto said the two investigations were not connected.