The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Of­fi­cial took and sold kids

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MEXICO CITY: A child wel­fare of­fi­cial in north­ern Mexico took at least nine ba­bies from poor or dru­gad­dicted moth­ers and of­fered them to adop­tive par­ents in ex­change for pay­ments rang­ing from $5000 to $9000, author­i­ties said yesterday.

They searched for vul­ner­a­ble moth­ers, poor peo­ple or those who had prob­lems of drug ad­dic­tion, and took away their ba­bies and of­fered them in adop­tion in re­turn for money.

Three of the ba­bies have been re­cov­ered, but a gov­ern­ment spokesman said “there may be many more”.

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