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Ghana: Operators of Baby-harvesting syndicate' Apprehended
Category :- Human Interest Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on January 21, 2021, 2:59 pm
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Following months of investigations during which two babies were rescued, some people operating at health facilities have been arrested by security forces over alleged baby-harvesting and child-trafficking syndicate in Greater Accra, Ghana.

According to investigators, in their quest, two babies were sold to them at $5,000 and $4,800 each. Among the suspects are two medical doctors, a traditional birth attendant, two mothers, four nurses, and two social welfare officers.Ghana: Operators of Baby-harvesting syndicate' Apprehended

 

The two doctors are Dr. Hope Mensah Quashie of the 37 Military Hospital, owner of  the Susan Clinic at Lartebiokorshie in Accra, and Dr. Noah Kofi Lartey, a medical practitioner at the Obstetrician and Gynaecology Department of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Ridge.

Maybe some of the mothers were told their babies died after delivery while others who could not afford to carter for their babies were encouraged to sell them, authorities in Ghana have said.

baby-harvesting and child-trafficking

The joint investigation by the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and the Economic and Organised Crime Office- EOCO and the arrest of the suspects was influenced last year by a tip-off from a taxi driver last in the country.

Meantime, until a court determines the case, the licenses of the two doctors allegedly involved have been suspended.

Frank Adu Poku of EOCO

Also referred to as baby factories or baby farms, child harvesting or Baby harvesting is the systematic sale of human children for adoption by families in the developed world, and sometimes for other purposes, including trafficking. It is a wide variety of situations and degrees of economic, social, and physical compulsion

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