x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Baby-selling woman a 'slave trader', court told

The 24-year-old defendant is accused of deceiving the child's mother when she said she would hand the baby over to an Emirati family to care for it.

DUBAI // A woman accused of trying to sell a baby boy who was born out of wedlock was described by the prosecution in court yesterday as "a modern-day slave trader". Ali Humaid bin Khatem. the chief prosecutor, told the Dubai Criminal Courts of First Instance that the 24-year-old Indonesian defendant deceived the child's mother when she told her she would hand him over to an Emirati family to care for it but secretly tried to turn a profit.

"Sources informed us about a woman shopping for an Emirati buyer to sell a baby for Dh10,000," said Cpl Oshba Farhan of Dubai Police. According to her statement to prosecutors, the officer contacted HN by phone on October 30 last year and discussed the purchase. "I got her to reduce the price to Dh8,500 and set a time the same day to make the purchase," Cpl Oshba Farhan. The acccused then appeared with the baby's mother, who has also denied a charge of human trafficking, who handed the child over to officers, police said.

"She asked us not to speak about the money in front of the woman carrying the baby. She said that she will return to collect the money," said Cpl Farhan. The case continues. @Email:mustafa@thenational.ae