Moroccan police have arrested 30 people in Fez, in the north of the country, on suspicion of trafficking in newborn babies or blackmailing them to benefit from public health services. This was announced by the Moroccan news agency MAP.
The suspects, who were arrested between Tuesday and Wednesday, include 18 security officers, a doctor, two nurses, health workers and middlemen, a security source told MAP. It is not known how many babies are involved.
Some of those arrested are suspected of being middlemen in the sale of newborn babies. They allegedly worked with single mothers who gave up their babies in exchange for money. The babies were then allegedly sold to families who wanted to adopt children.
Others are said to have been involved in blackmailing patients and their families in exchange for appointments for consultations, diagnoses or visits, acting as intermediaries in illegal abortions and issuing medical certificates with false information.
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