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Blow against the trafficking of babies from Bulgaria

17 January 2014 / 21:01:57  GRReporter
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24 hours after its launch, the operation of the Greek police to find other members of the criminal network for baby trafficking is continuing.

At the same time, it becomes clear that the baby the seven arrested were trying to sell to the childless couple from Larissa is in hospital in Volos.

"Last night, at around 11:00 pm, the police drove the baby and the 23-year-old mother to the hospital. She spent the night in the hospital under police guard and was taken by the police in the morning. The baby is placed in the ward for premature infants, without any health problems," hospital director Kostas Karabatsas states for GRReporter, adding that the boy had been born in the same hospital on 5 January 2014. The mother and the child had been discharged three days later, on 8 January.

According to unconfirmed information, when the woman had been admitted to hospital, before giving birth, she had stated that she was not married. Sources say the boy is her third child but the birthplace of the two elder children and their whereabouts are not clear.

According to a report by Greek Alpha TV, the members of the criminal group had requested 5,000 euro for the baby and the police suggest that this was not the first time they had tried to sell a child. During the search of the arrested lawyer’s office, the police found evidence of several babies, who are believed to have been sold in the same way. The police state that he had given to the mother the phone number of the people who wanted to buy the child.

The second of the arrested Greeks is a former employee of the coast guard service in Volos. One of the Bulgarians was arrested in 2006 again for involvement in the sale of a baby and released after being subjected to restrictive measures.

It is assumed that the members of the group had taken to Greece women who were ready to give birth and who legally did so in Greek public hospitals. The babies were then sold to couples who had beforehand agreed to obtain a child in this way.

Tags: Crime newsBaby traffickingHospitalVolosBulgarianArrested persons
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