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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Baby selling racket broken up in Santa Cruz

Generally, I tend to avoid hard news here, but the sad and shocking story which is getting the coverage throughout the Spanish press in the Canary Islands today concerns the arrests of 6 people; one man and 5 women, all accused in a racket where money was offered to homeless, pregnant women in Santa Cruz to sell their babies.

With these detentions, Civil Guard agents were able to prevent the sale of a new born baby that had already been arranged between a mother and an interested family.

According to the Civil Guard investigations, one person was in charge of finding out from pregnant women among the homeless of Santa Cruz, which of them did not have the resources and did not wish to take responsibility for the upbringing of their child once they had given birth, in order to offer them the chance to receive economic compensation from families interested in adopting the babies.
This person, who resided in Tenerife’s capital, then made contact with families, taking advantage of those who were unable to have children and, who at the same time had the economic means to cover the cost. It’s reported that the compensation offered to the pregnant women was in the region of €10,000.

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