Mother ar­rested for try­ing to sell baby

Five charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

A mother is ac­cused of hu­man traf­fick­ing af­ter al­legedly try­ing to sell her two-month-old baby to an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer.

Prose­cu­tors claim the Sri Lankan maid at­tempted to give away the child in ex­change for Dhs10,000 af­ter be­com­ing preg­nant out of wed­lock. She gave birth with the help of a friend, a for­mer nurse.

Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court was yes­ter­day told the maid, who had run away from her em­ployer, was helped by the friend and three men.

They are all charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing.

The un­der­cover of­fi­cer had ear­lier con­tacted the woman’s friend, the for­mer nurse, and said she was in­ter­ested in buy­ing the child.

The mother was quoted in pros­e­cu­tion doc­u­ments as say­ing she wanted to sell her baby be­cause the man who made her preg­nant had left the coun­try. She said she couldn’t af­ford to look af­ter the girl on her own.

The sec­ond de­fen­dant is also a house­maid from Sri Lanka.

She said: “When she had labour pains, she called for help. I went to her house and helped her de­liver the baby. I had worked as a nurse in my home coun­try and I knew what to do.”

The friend said two months af­ter the birth, the mother asked her to help her find a buyer.

In pros­e­cu­tion doc­u­ments, she said she found a woman and ar­ranged a han­dover at a ho­tel. The two male neigh­bours who helped with the birth came along with her.

She said: “When we reached the ho­tel, a woman said she was in­ter­ested in the baby and of­fered to pay Dhs10,000.”

A pros­e­cu­tor told the court the buyer was the un­der­cover cop – and her col­leagues were wait­ing for the han­dover to take place. He said: “The woman came to meet her at an Abu Dhabi ho­tel, where po­lice ar­rested them af­ter the un­der­cover agent handed them Dhs10,000 in ex­change for the baby.”

How­ever, all of those on trial deny hu­man traf­fick­ing. The case has been ad­journed un­til Novem­ber 7.

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