Mother arrested for trying to sell baby
Five charged with human trafficking
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.