ACCRA, 21 January 2021 – Authorities in Ghana have busted a ring of people suspected of trafficking in new-born babies stolen from unsuspecting mothers in health facilities across the West African nation.
Two babies were rescued in a raid which has been in planning several months.
It started with a tip-off last year by a taxi driver.
During the raid, investigators posed as “baby buyers” looking to seal a deal.
The “baby harvesters”, as Ghanian media is calling the suspects, accepted an estimated $5,000 in exchange for the “sale” of two babies.
In the end, the two babies became the first victims rescued from the suspects and reunited with their mothers.
Police say the baby-traffickers used all manner of tricks to get the babies, including telling unsuspecting mothers that their babies passed into glory shortly after birth.
The suspects reportedly also convinced poor expectant mothers to sell their new-born babies to supposedly well-to-do couples who would, besides taking care of the child, also take care of the mother.
In some cases, the suspects stole the babies from the mothers, often using violence to do so.
The suspects napped in the raid include four nurses, two social workers, two medical doctors and a traditional birth attendant.
Reports in Ghanaian newspapers said the doctors arrested admitted to selling at least a dozen babies ever since they got involved in baby trafficking.
Success so far in the investigation is credited to the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and the Economic and Organized Crime Office.