Egyptian Mother Arrested for Attempting to Sell Newborn on Facebook
Apparently, this wasn't the first time accusations have been made concerning the sale of Egyptian children.
An Egyptian woman and her husband have been arrested for offering up their newborn child for sale on Facebook. Egypt's National Council for Childhood and Motherhood declared on Sunday that the mother will be facing public prosecution.
The post, which was published by user Hana Mohammed on the “Adopt a Child” Facebook page, read “If there is anyone who is interested to adopt an unborn baby, who will be born in 2 weeks directly from the mother and father please contact me through private message. Serious people only. (sic)”, according to Gulf News.
Council head Azza Ashmawy clarifies that they got notified when a complaint was filed through the Child Helpline (16000) after which officials from the Human Rights Administration office of prosecutor-general Nabil Sadek, were sent over to investigate.
The shocked Facebook user who contacted the child helpline had initially come across the post and contacted the woman to confirm that this was indeed a sale. After being told that the selling price for the baby girl was EGP 2,000, the shocked Facebook user then proceeded to contact Egypt's child helpline, which is run by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.
Alexandria police contacted the woman and got confirmation from her husband that the offer was still valid, reports Gulf News. A police agent met the couple and the parents have since been arrested. The baby that was for sale is the couple's second child.
Ashmawy adds that a team was formed by the council from the child helpline and has been sent to give the child medical support. Meanwhile the council is following up with the investigations.
There had previously been complaints made to Sadek and the Ministry of Interior’s General Directorate of Juvenile Care alleging that Facebook page “Missing children” encourages the selling of children online.
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