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4/25/2013 (11 months ago)

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Grandfather, others arrested on human trafficking charges

In an especially perverse example of "family concern," a grandfather in India sold her three-day old grandson for nearly $15,000 after he told his daughter that the baby had died. Punjabi police, identifying the suspect only as "Firoz," was offered $850 by a hospital nurse and her accomplice who were involved in a child trafficking ring.

The nurse, pictured here with her face covered with a scarf, is believed to be involved with a child trafficking racket has been arrested. Police are now attempting to apprehend the middleman, and any others involved.

The nurse, pictured here with her face covered with a scarf, is believed to be involved with a child trafficking racket has been arrested. Police are now attempting to apprehend the middleman, and any others involved.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/25/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: India, human trafficking, family, Facebook


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The child was later sold to a Delhi-based businessman for $15,000 through a deal brokered on Facebook. The child's mother, named only as Noora, gave birth to the baby boy in the city of Ludhiana on April 8. She was discharged from hospital the following day.

Two days later, a nurse named as Sunita along with fellow hospital employee Gurpreet Singh, came to the home and claimed the child was ill - and took the baby with them. The following day they told the mother that her child had died.
 
Some people reportedly came to Noora's home on April 12 and paid her father Firoz $830, after which he left the home.

Noora, who had separated from her husband earlier in February became suspicious about her father's sudden new wealth and reported the baby as missing to the police.

Police traced Firoz to the city of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. During an interrogation, he revealed the entire plot. The police team then returned to the hospital where they discovered the baby alive and well and returned him to his mother.

Investigators believe the nurse and her accomplice had sold the baby to a middleman for over $6,000. The middleman then allegedly arranged the Facebook deal with the businessman.

The nurse, believed to be involved with a child trafficking racket has been arrested. Police are now attempting to apprehend the middleman, and any others involved.

In a bit of highly inept criminality, accomplice Gurpreet Singh reportedly showed a picture of the baby on Facebook before the deal was struck.

It was all motivated by family love and devotion, the grandfather says - he told interrogators that he wanted to arrange a second marriage for his daughter after she had been deserted by her husband.

"So he thought he should get rid off the child of her daughter from her first husband by selling him off," Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh told reporters.

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