‘Baby-harvesting syndicate’ arrested in Ghana

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Thomas Naadi BBC News, Accra

People behind an alleged baby-harvesting and child-trafficking syndicate operating at health facilities in Ghana have been arrested.

It follows months of investigations that also led to the rescue of two babies.

According to the Ghanaian authorities, some of the mothers may have been told their babies had died after delivery, or those who could not take care of their new-borns were encouraged to sell them.

The suspects include two medical doctors, four nurses, two mothers, two social welfare officers and a traditional birth attendant.

Two babies were sold to investigators for about $5,000 (£3,640) and $4,800 each, according to the investigation.

It is said that a joint investigation by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and the Economic and Organised Crime Office led to the arrest of the suspects following a tip-off from a taxi driver last year.

The licences of the two doctors allegedly involved have been suspended until a court determines the case.