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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Woman accused of trying to selling baby born out of wedlock

She is said to have asked for Dh10k in return for her baby girl

A woman is accused of attempting to sell her baby girl, who was born out of wedlock, in return for Dh10,000, heard Dubai Criminal Court.

Records show that two weeks after the Ethiopian woman, 30, gave birth, she asked for the help of another Ethiopian woman, 28, to sell the child.

An Emirati lieutenant, 26, told the court that the criminal investigations department received verified information about the defendant trying to sell her child with the help of the second defendant.

Records show that an Emirati woman, 43, reported the incident in August last year after her cousin confided in her and told her that he might be the father of the child and that the mother was trying to get rid of the baby.

“He called me and said the Ethiopian defendant who used to work as a maid had given birth and that he was not sure he was the father, but he feared for the infant’s life. So I called him later and asked him to be honest. He then said the defendant told him he was the father,” said the Emirati.

The housewife called the defendant and told her that she knew about the baby and that she would like to take her and raise her as her own.

“We then met in Ajman. The other woman was with her, and I took the child to a clinic to make sure she was well. When we got back to the car, she asked me for Dh10,000 in return for the child,” said the Emirati.

She refused to buy the child, following which the defendant took the baby and left.

The Emirati called police and informed them and a police officer was tasked to pose undercover as a buyer.

“Both defendants agreed to meet the police [officer] in the car park of Al Bustan shopping mall in Dubai on September 19 last year,” said a police lieutenant.

During the meeting, the defendants asked for more than Dh10,000. “The police [officer] told them that it was not the agreement they had on the phone, so the defendant told her she needed the money,” said the lieutenant.

Both women were arrested as they took the money from the police officer.

In court, both women denied a human trafficking charge.

The next hearing will be on February 21.