Peru 'baby trafficking ring': Ex-police chief held

BBC News

Police in Peru have recently uncovered a child trafficking ring which convinced poor women to hand over their babies and then sold them, according to this article from BBC News. Among the people arrested for their involvement in the ring was the former head of Peru's national police force, Gen Raúl Becerra. "Investigators say the gang looked for poor pregnant women who were considering having abortions because they felt they could not afford to bring up a child," says the article. "The gang then allegedly offered the women enough money to convince them to carry to term and would then sell their babies at huge profit. Investigators allege the babies were sold for 4,000 Peruvian soles ($1,187; £900). Police are still investigating whether the children were sold to foreign couples looking to adopt or to organ trafficking gangs."